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Pasadena Rose Parade 2024:
2024 Tournament of Roses Parade details, tickets and parking.

Pasadena Rose Parade

Step into the enchanting world of the 135th Rose Parade, where on January 1, 2024, Pasadena, California, will come alive with a century-old tradition, blending the beauty of floral floats, the energy of marching bands, and the grace of equestrian units along the iconic 5 ½-mile route down Colorado Blvd.

The 135th Pasadena Rose Parade

January 1, 2024 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
For millions of people worldwide, the Rose Parade is not just a procession; it's a symbol of the grandeur and charm that accompanies the arrival of a new year. As the clock strikes midnight on December 31, the anticipation builds for the iconic Rose Parade, a tradition deeply embedded in the hearts of those seeking a vibrant and festive start to the year.

The Rose Parade, commencing at 8 AM PST on January 1 in Pasadena, California, has become synonymous with the spirit of celebration, ushering in the New Year with a burst of color, creativity, and community spirit. The parade route spans 5 ½ miles down the historic Colorado Blvd., providing a picturesque backdrop for a procession like no other.

At the heart of the Rose Parade are the spectacular floats, the stars of the show. These floats come in four distinct categories: floral-decorated floats entered by corporations, non-profit organizations, or municipalities; equestrian units; bands; and Tournament Entries. Each float is a masterpiece, meticulously adorned with a breathtaking array of flowers and other natural materials. What once started as horse-drawn carriages covered in flowers over a century ago has now evolved into a dazzling display of state-of-the-art technology, all concealed beneath nature's bounty.

The history of the Tournament of Roses dates back to 1890, when a modest parade of orange-blossom-bedecked carriages drew 3,000 spectators. Over the years, the Tournament of Roses has grown into a global spectacle, captivating audiences with its blend of tradition and innovation. The Rose Parade participants, whether they be corporations, non-profits, or municipalities, share a common thread — a longstanding connection with the Tournament of Roses, working tirelessly to keep the traditions alive.

As the clock ticks toward 8 AM on January 1, 2024, spectators along Colorado Blvd. will witness the magic unfold. The Rose Parade presented by Honda is not just a parade; it is a living testament to the beauty of creativity, the power of tradition, and the spirit of unity. High-stepping equestrian units, spirited marching bands, and the sheer artistry of the floral floats combine to create an unforgettable spectacle that marks the beginning of a new chapter.

More than just a parade, the Tournament of Roses has been the custodian of America's New Year Celebration since 1890, weaving together the traditions of the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game. As we stand on the cusp of the 135th Rose Parade, let us embrace the beauty of tradition, the allure of innovation, and the joy of coming together to celebrate the dawning of a new year in the grandeur of Pasadena, California.

Tickets for the 2024 Rose Parade & Its Events On Sale Now!

Rose Parade History
The Rose Parade has a rich and vibrant history dating back to 1890 when members of the Valley Hunt Club, led by Charles Frederick Holder, organized the first Tournament of Roses. The inspiration for the parade came from the abundance of flowers in Southern California, even during the winter months. Professor Charles F. Holder proposed the idea at a club meeting, stating, “In New York, people are buried in snow; here our flowers are blooming and our oranges are about to bear. Let’s hold a festival to tell the world about our paradise.” Since then, the Rose Parade has evolved into a spectacular showcase of creativity and innovation. What began as entrants decorating carriages with hundreds of colorful blooms has transformed into a dazzling display of state-of-the-art technology, carefully concealed beneath layers of flowers and natural materials. Over a century later, the Rose Parade continues to captivate spectators every New Year, featuring breathtaking floral floats, spirited marching bands, and high-stepping equestrian units along the iconic 5 ½ mile route down Colorado Boulevard.

Location and Parking
The Rose Parade's 5 1/2-mile journey kicks off at the intersection of Green Street and Orange Grove Blvd. in picturesque Pasadena, California. As the procession unfolds, it gracefully travels north on Orange Grove at a leisurely 2 1/2-mile per hour pace, creating an enchanting spectacle for spectators. The route takes a scenic turn east onto the renowned Colorado Blvd., which serves as the primary location for the majority of parade viewing. Revelers and onlookers gather along this iconic thoroughfare to witness the breathtaking floats, spirited marching bands, and high-stepping equestrian units. As the parade nears its grand finale, it turns north onto Sierra Madre Blvd. and gracefully concludes at Villa Street, leaving a trail of memories for all who have gathered to celebrate the annual tradition of the Rose Parade. In terms of parking, visitors are advised to plan ahead and utilize designated parking areas strategically placed along the route to ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience during this iconic New Year's celebration.

Embark on a stress-free New Year's adventure with a convenient Metrolink ride to the Tournament of Roses events, all accessible via Union Station. Offering a seamless experience, a Metrolink ticket not only ensures a smooth journey but also includes a complimentary transfer to the Metro Gold Line, providing easy access to the festivities. To plan your trip, visit metrolinktrains.com for holiday schedules and fare details, where you'll find the $10 Holiday ticket, granting unlimited rides for the day. Stay in the loop with the latest updates by following @Metrolink on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, ensuring you're well-informed and ready to make the most of your hassle-free transportation to and from the iconic Rose Parade events.

Bypass the traffic congestion and parking challenges by opting for a smooth and efficient Metro journey to the Rose Parade and other Tournament of Roses events in Pasadena, seamlessly connecting to the Metro Gold Line. Say goodbye to the stress of driving and hello to convenience as you plan your trip through www.metro.net. Strategically located, Metro stations with optimal access to the parade route include the Del Mar Station, a mere two blocks north of the procession, the Memorial Park Station, conveniently situated two blocks south, the Lake Station, a four-block stroll to the south, and the Allen Station, offering easy access with just a four-block walk to the parade route. Embrace the ease of public transportation and focus on enjoying the festivities, hassle-free, with Metro's accessible and well-connected services.

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