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Prepare for traffic at Rose Parade

Pasadena institutions offer guidance for those venturing to the granddaddy of all parades

Posted: December 29, 2012 4:00 p.m.
Updated: December 29, 2012 4:00 p.m.

More than 700,000 people are anticipated to attend the 2013 Rose Parade, making Pasadena a congestion hotspot on Jan 1.

And while the parade’s theme is the Doctor Seuss title “Oh, the Place You’ll Go!” there are spots to avoid when trying to get a seat.

The Tournament of Roses and Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau released tips for viewing the 124th annual parade, which will feature 42 floats, 23 bands and 21 equestrian units.

The five-and-a-half-mile parade kicks off at 8 a.m. Tuesday on South Orange Grove Boulevard beginning at Ellis Street, heads east on Colorado Boulevard to Sierra Madre Boulevard, and finishes north on Sierra Madre Boulevard to Paloma Street.

• The Visitors Bureau recommends that drivers avoid the Fair Oaks Avenue/Marengo exit and instead take either the Hill Avenue, Lake Avenue or Allen Avenue exits off the 210 Freeway.

• There are more than 50 car lots available within five blocks of the parade route, ranging in price from $10 to $60. Lots open up anytime from Monday afternoon to 2 a.m. Tuesday morning. The full list can be found on the Visitors Bureau website at

• Parking meters and time-restricted spots (1-hour parking, 2-hour parking, etc.) will not be enforced on the day of the parade.

• No public parade viewing is allowed on Orange Grove Boulevard from Del Rosa to Colorado Boulevard and on Colorado Boulevard from Orange Grove Boulevard to Terrace Drive. Access to the grandstand and non-public-viewing areas will be restricted beginning at 3 a.m. Tuesday morning.

• There are three handicapped-accessible spots along the route: In front of Rusnak Auto on the north side of West Colorado Boulevard near the beginning of the parade route; on the south side of Colorado Boulevard between Marengo and Euclid Avenues; and near the end of the parade route on Sierra Madre Boulevard.

• Upholstered chairs, couches, boxes of any type, scaffolds, tents, horns, ladders or freestanding umbrellas are not allowed.

• No alcohol of any kind is allowed on the parade route.

• For other questions, call the Pasadena Visitor Hotline at 877-793-9911

• For those who wish to watch at home, the event will be broadcast live on ABC and NBC.




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