The Rose Parade, the central part of the Tournament of Roses new
year festival in Pasadena is a prominent part of the new year’s day
celebrations in the United States. Where the east coast has the
hugely popular Mummers Parade in Philadelphia, over here on the west
the crowds head to the Pasadena streets for a festival of colour,
costume and music leading up to the Rose Bowl college football game
later in the day.
The local organisers rather grandly brand the Tournament of Roses events America's New Year Celebration and in terms of scale it certainly lives up to the billing, with crowds of hundreds of thousands lining the parade ' to watch in person, and many more millions watching via the live TV coverage and online streaming that has become a key feature of the event. See further down the page for details on how you can watch the parade either on your TV or via the internet.
The parade ' predominantly follows the town's main street of Colorado Boulevard, where the main grandstands are located.
The formation area for participants is in front of Tournament House, and then the start point is along South Orange Grove Boulevard beginning at Ellis Street. After passing along Colorado Boulevard, and under Sierra Madre Boulevard freeway overpass the parade ends on Paloma Street, near Victory Park.
For anyone who can't make it to the parade, or who just has an interest in seeing a bit of life and colour at a traditionally drab time of year, local TV station KTLA5 will be streaming the parade live online.
We think this will be the stream link - we'll check it nearer the time and update as required.
If you're in Pasadena over the New Year period then the hotels and guest houses do tend to get busy, especially with people having arrived for new year eve parties the night before. If you are looking for somewhere to stay to attend any of the Tournament of Roses events we advise getting your reservatioon made as early as possible.
You can check out availability and make reservations for local hotels here.
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