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Rose Parade 2013 Preview

Gayle Anderson was live in South Pasadena with a preview of the 124th Rose Parade presented by Honda Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. (PST). This year’s theme, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” features a spectacular display of floral floats, marching bands, and high-stepping equestrian units. The Rose Parade began in 1890 when members of Pasadena’s Valley Hunt Club covered their horse-drawn carriages with fresh-cut flowers from their garden in celebration of the mild winter weather of the West. Today, the Rose Parade’s breathtaking floats tout the world’s rare and exotic flowers and showcase the best in animated technology.

Curbside viewing of the 2013 Rose Parade in designated areas is FREE and available first-come, first-served. Pasadena city ordinance allows the occupancy of curbside space along the parade route beginning at  noon on the day before the parade.  Grandstand tickets are available through Sharp Seating Company, the official grandstand seating provider, through December 31st. Every person, regardless of age, must have a ticket to sit in the grandstands. However, if a child is two years of age or younger, he/she may sit on an adult’s lap. If not seated on an adult’s lap, each child must have a ticket. For tickets, please call (626) 795-4171.

The Rose Parade, along with the Rose Bowl Game are part of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, a celebration more than a century old of flowers, music, and sports held annually on New Year’s Day. The Tournament is more than just a parade and football game. It’s America’s New Year Celebration, a greeting to the world on the first day of the year, and a salute to the community spirit and love of pageantry that have thrived in Pasadena for more than a century. The Tournament of Roses Association, a volunteer organization dedicated to presenting an internationally recognized New Year’s celebration, supplies 935 volunteer members who contribute about 80,000 hours of combined manpower each year. Each volunteer is assigned to one of 35 committees, with responsibilities ranging from selecting parade participants to directing visitors on New Year’s Day, to serving hamburgers to band members at the end of the parade route, to giving presentations about the Tournament to community groups. Nicknamed “White Suiters” because of the distinctive white uniform every volunteer wears, these community-spirited men and women give up their evenings, weekends and holidays to ensure the success of the Parade and Game. A small full-time staff provides support and continuity to the volunteer organization.

 Gayle was live with the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses organization one of seven organizations, and the oldest organization, that builds its own Rose Parade Float. Volunteers and donations are ALWAYS needed. If you would like to help, contact The South Pasadena Tournament of Roses

The other Rose Parade Float “self builders”, who also can use volunteers and donations are:

LaCanada Flintridge
CalPoly SLO
CalPoly Pomona
Sierra Madre 

Public float viewing will be held rain or shine at three locations: at the Rosemont Pavilion and Brookside Pavilion, located across from the Rose Bowl Stadium, and the Rose Palace in Pasadena. The Rosemont Pavilion is located at 700 Seco Street in  Pasadena. Accessible to disabled visitors, Brookside Pavilion is located at Lot 1 on the south side of the Rose Bowl Stadium. The Rose Palace is located at 835 South Raymond Avenue in Pasadena.

The public float viewing schedule before the 2013 Rose Parade is as follows:

Rosemont Pavilion/Brookside Pavilion:
Friday, December 28th and Saturday, December 29th- 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 30th- 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, December 31st- 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Rose Palace:
Friday, December 28th- Sunday, December 30th- 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, December 31st- 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Advance tickets for the public float viewing are available through Sharp Seating Company at (626) 795-4171. Tickets are $10. Admission is FREE for children age 5 and under.

Don’t miss the Post Parade: A Showcase of Floats presented by Miracle Gro, which is a unique opportunity to get up close to the beauty and splendor of the Rose Parade floats after they have made their appearance on Colorado Boulevard. The Post Parade will be located approximately at Sierra Madre Boulevard and Washington Street.

The Post Parade schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, January 1st- 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (general public)
Wednesday, January 2nd- 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (for senior citizens and disabled visitors) and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (general public)
Admission is $10 and FREE for children age 5 and under. Ticket sales end at 3:00 p.m. The venue closes at 5:00 p.m. Advance tickets are available by calling Sharp Seating Company at (626)795-4171.

Please allow two hours for this display and don’t forget your camera! Comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Due to the popularity of the event, early arrival is suggested. NO PETS OR BIKES ALLOWED. This event is rain or shine. Use of the Park-N-Ride shuttle is strongly recommended. Guests using shuttles enter the event through a priority line. Shuttle fare is $3 per person, round-trip and FREE for children age 5 and under. Ticket sales at Park-N-Ride locations ends at 2:30 p.m.

Shuttle service will be available from three locations in Pasadena:

Pasadena City College
1570 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91106
(Enter off Del Mar Boulevard or Bonnie near corner of Hill Avenue)

Community Education Center
3035 East Foothill Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91107
(Enter off Foothill Boulevard, West of Sierra Madre Villa)

Rose Bowl Stadium (Wednesday, January 2nd ONLY)
1001 Rose Bowl Drive
Pasadena, CA 91103
(Lot F)

For more information, contact:

Pasadena Tournament of Roses
391 South Orange Grove Boulevard
Pasadena, California 91184
(626) 449-4100
Tuesday, January 1st 2013
6:00am KTLA Pre-Parade Coverage
8:00 a.m. 124th Rose Parade presented by Honda
Begins at Green Street/Orange Grove Boulevard & ends at Sierra Madre Boulevard/Villa Street
Downtown Pasadena
(877) 793-9911 (Visitor Hotline)
Tournament of Roses 
Rose Parade Facebook
Rose Parade Twitter  

For Grandstand, Float Viewing and Post Parade tickets,
Sharp Seating Company
(626) 795-4171

 If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323.460.5732 or email Gayle at







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PASADENA — The Rose Parade is still four days away, but preparations are in full swing.

The grandstands are just about in place.

The floats are just about ready … and the fans … can’t wait ..literally.

At the Rose Bowl, those who can’t wait are getting a behind the scenes look at what makes some of those floats look so good on TV.

With a little help this morning from the Rose Queen and the ladies of the Royal Court the Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau is also kicking into high gear.

They are manning a hotline that will be operational all weekend to answer questions for parade visitors.

In addition to telling visitors  all the things they can do, they’ll also inform what you cannot do, such as camping along the parade route New Year’s Eve.

Among the no no’s: no alcohol’s allowed.

No tents and sofas.

No ladders to try and get a better view.

And no roping off your area.

For more info call 877-793-9911 – the visitor hotline.

KTLA 5′s Gayle Anderson was live on Monday with the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses organization. It’s one of seven organizations — and the oldest organization –  that builds its own Rose Parade Float. This year, their float is called “Sailing the Sea of Knowledge.”

For more information on volunteer opportunities with South Pasadena click here.

For other volunteer opportunities, check out the official Rose Parade 2013 Website.