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Rose Parade Preview- The New Rose Parade Floats

Gayle Anderson was live in Irwindale continuing her series of reports previewing what’s new and happening with the Rose Parade Floats at the 125th Rose Parade presented by Honda Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 at 8 a.m.

This year’s theme, “Dreams Come True” 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 2014 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 Tuesday, 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 or visit their website.

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.

Public float viewing is 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 I on the south side of the Rose Bowl Stadium. The Rose Palace is at 835 South Raymond Avenue in Pasadena.

The Public Float Viewing Schedule before the 2014 Rose Parade is as follows:

Rosemont Pavilion/Brookside Pavilion:

Monday, December 30th – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rose Palace:

Saturday, December 28th through Monday, December 30th – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, December 31st – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Advance tickets for the public float viewing are available through Sharp Seating Company at (626) 795-4171 or by clicking HERE. 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 and Washington Boulevards in Pasadena.

The Post Parade Schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, January 1st – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (general public)
Thursday, January 2nd – 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. (for senior citizens and disabled visitors) and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (general public)

Admission is $10 and FREE for children age 5 and under. Ticket sales end at 3:00 p.m. each day of the event. The venue closes at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 1st and at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 2nd.

Please allow two hours for this display and don’t forget your camera! Wear comfortable walking shoes! 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 (Thursday, January 2nd ONLY)
1001 Rose Bowl Drive
Pasadena, CA 91103
(Lot F)

Today, Gayle visited several of the NEW 2014 Rose Parade Floats: K9 4 COPS and UNDERGROUND ALERT as well as returning participant MIRACLE GRO.

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014
6 a.m. Backstage at the Parade
7 a.m. Parade Countdown
8 a.m. 125th Rose Parade presented by Honda
*Frank Buckley
*Jessica Holmes
*Chris Schauble
*Megan Henderson
*Mark Kriski
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Wednesday, January 1st 2014
8 a.m.
125th 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)

For more information visit the Tournament of Roses website, Facebook and Twitter.

Fiesta Parade Floats
16016 Avenida Padilla
Irwindale, CA 91702
626 610 0974

If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com

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