Rose Parade in Pasadena

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Pasadena Views Real Estate Team, Inc. BRE# 000872112

Pasadena is getting ready for the biggest event of the year- Tournament of Roses Parade! Folks are already setting up their mini camps in the center divider as I'm driving down Sierra Madre and along the Colorado Blvd.  It's fun to see so many people getting into the Rose Parade spirit! The first Rose Parade took place in 1890 and was attended by 2000 people.  The attendance has grown to close to one million over the last few years.

Rose Parade 2012 - Shell Float

Interesting Facts about Rose Parade:

  • Rose Parade does not always take place on New Year's Day.   The Tournament has a "never on a Sunday" deal, struck with local churches, that ensures the parade takes place on January 2 in years when Jan. 1 falls on Sunday.  Local lore says that the deal has kept the parade free from rain, but a torrent soaked fans in 2006, after more than 40 rain-free years. (Ironically, that parade ran on Jan. 2, the day after a rain-free Sunday.)
  • All the filming takes place on the corner of Orange Grove and Colorado.  Everyone participating in the Parade is on their best behavior and in their finest.  This is pretty much the beginning of the 5 mile route.
  • Floats retract to pass under the Interstate 210 overpass, then park on the street next to Victory Park for two days of post-parade float viewing.
  • Tournament of Roses takes about 80,000 hours of combined manpower each year.
  • Volunteers wear white uniforms and are known as "white suiters".  Be kind to them.  They give up quite a bit of their time to make the Tournament of Roses Parade a success.
  • Sidewalk camping is allowed on New Year's Eve only.  Campers can officially set up beginning at noon on December 31.  See Rose Parade Safety Guidelines.
  • Parade starts at 8 am and usually lasts 2.5 hours.

Most Pasadena locals, however, enjoy the Rose Parade from the comfort of their homes.  Of course, there are some die-hards who make this a family tradition.  Here is a bit of the insider perspective:

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Les & Sarah Oswald
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Irina - Congrats on your feature blog. I was not aware that Rose Parade tournament is prohibited from taking place on Sundays.  Love all the info one can learn from AR. Have a wonderful New Year!

Sarah and Lester.

Dec 30, 2012 08:16 AM #2
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C. Lloyd McKenzie
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Good evening Irena,

Congratulation On being that featured. I always look forward to the The Tournament of The Rose Parade.

 

Dec 30, 2012 09:07 AM #3
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Joan Whitebook
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I always look forward to the Tournament of Roses Parade...  I didn't know about the deal that the parade would fall fall on a Sunday!

Dec 30, 2012 10:01 AM #4
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Irina Netchaev
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Thanks to all!  Always fun to be featured especially when it comes to such a great event like the Rose Parade.  :)

Happy New Year to all!

Dec 30, 2012 11:02 AM #5
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Suzi Sandore
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Irina, I attended the Rose Parade a number of years ago, and it is truly an amazing experience to be there in person. Congratulations on the feature and Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2012 12:00 PM #6
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Hi Irina, Love the details about how all this comes together.  I have wanted to attend this for a couple decades and it never seems to happen. Even had reservations twice and it just didn't work out. Maybe 2014. This would have been a great suggest-found it too late, :-)

Dec 30, 2012 12:50 PM #7
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
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In all my years of living in So. California (my first 31) I never went to the Rose Parade.  I'm so glad you posted this and I enjoyed the article. 

Dec 30, 2012 01:29 PM #8
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Lloyd Binen
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Irina, I camped out the night before the Rose Parade while I was a UCLA student.  I froze, the bottom corner of my sleeping bag caught on fire from my nieghbor's Hibachi, and I didn't sleep more than an hour on the concrete sidewalk.  I'll enjoy this one from the comfort of my family room.

Dec 30, 2012 02:05 PM #9
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Irina Netchaev
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Lloyd, yes... most of the time, I enjoy the Rose Parade from the comfort of my home and check out the floats either before or after.  Too cold!

Carla, maybe one of these years. :)

William, Pasadena will make a nice getaway for a few days from SD.

Suzy, thank you and Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2012 02:25 PM #10
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Hi Irina, I remember years ago my friends and I used to go out the night before, party on Colorado Blvd and stay until the parade was over. Thanks for the priceless memories. Happy New Pasadena Year 2013. 

Dec 30, 2012 03:32 PM #11
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Michael Setunsky
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Irina, the Tournament of Roses Parade is always a must see. I've never been to Pasadena, but always catch it on TV.

Dec 30, 2012 09:49 PM #12
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Laura Cerrano
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I really have to go one of these years!

 

Blessings in 2013 and beyond,

Laura

Dec 31, 2012 12:41 AM #13
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Irina Netchaev
Pasadena Views Real Estate Team, Inc. - Pasadena, CA
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Kymberly, how fun!

Michael, yes... New Year's day is never the same without the Tournament of Roses parade on tv.

Laura, hope you get to see it in person.  :)

Dec 31, 2012 12:47 AM #14
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Margaret Goss
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I am currently visiting (in Arcadia) and we love to drive around the day before the parade and see the finishing touches being added to the floats.  They are so awesome in person - incredible amounts of time and and effort go into them.

I wouldn't want to be spending the night, though - it's going to be a bit chilly!

 

Dec 31, 2012 01:27 AM #15
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Linda Calhoun
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Love the Tournment of Roses parade.  A great memory from growing up.  Unfortunately we will be traveling tomorrow and will have to miss it this year.  Enjoy and Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2012 04:06 AM #16
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Brandon & Grace Yee
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Looks beautiful. The place must smell like flowers.  Happy new year everyone!

Cheers from Lake Tahoe,

Grace

Dec 31, 2012 05:52 AM #17
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Inna Ivchenko
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I've never been to it, still on my list to visit. I heard it is very popular and beautiful.

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Irina Netchaev
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Yes! It's beautiful Inna.  You are pretty close so if you don't party too hard on New Year's eve, might be worth coming out to Pasadena.  Do get seats and parking though.  It will make it much easier.

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Thanks for sharing these interesting facts about the Rose Parade. I performed as a dancer in it one year.

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Wishing you a Happy Birthday today on July 24-isn't July a great month for birthdays?

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