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Old 12-17-2019, 07:14 PM   #1
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Rose Bowl Parade - Here We Come!

After years of watching smidgens of the parade on tv and getting notification emails about availability of tickets to the parade we pulled the trigger. We have a 2 hour window to get into our parking lot (generators allowed) on New Years eve afternoon, and we will walk the 1 1/2 blocks to the parade route on New Years day. Reserved seats on the first row of the bleachers. We have to high tail it out after the parade is finished. This is the 1st and only time we will go to this event so didn't want to fight traffic early am and spend half the night fighting for sidewalk space to see the parade so we bought parking and parade tickets.

We're now in Tucson, later this week in the Phoenix area, then on to the Palm Springs area before getting to Pasadena. Hoping for good weather but whatever happens, happens. We'll do what we can to see floats pre and post parade but the parade is the main thing. I think I can smell the flowers already.
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Old 12-17-2019, 08:58 PM   #2
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Pasadena on New Years Eve is great fun. I grew up 1/2 block from one part of the parade formation area. From anywhere on the Orange Grove parade area , you can also walk to the game. Have a good time. Some day I will take my wife “home.”
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Old 12-17-2019, 09:30 PM   #3
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Very cool-hopefully you’ll get back soon. We’re looking forward to bringing in 2020 in Pasadena. I grew up in SE Texas in Cajun country near LA, Louisiana that is.
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Old 12-17-2019, 10:59 PM   #4
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Old 12-18-2019, 12:26 AM   #5
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Old 12-18-2019, 10:05 AM   #6
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Living in close by Burbank I went a few times in my youth. Slept on the sidewalk once (you can't do that anymore). Took Dad's TC once, parked in construction lot for the then being built 210 fwy. Took friend's motorhome once, parked on some side street about 1/4 mile from Colorado. It was a lot different then, lots more parking restrictions, etc. Personally will not go again.
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Old 12-18-2019, 02:06 PM   #7
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Have fun! A few years back a coworker had an opportunity to visit/tour/decorate and then attend the parade. She had a great trip and came home with beautiful pictures.
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Old 12-18-2019, 02:38 PM   #8
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Grew up in nearby Glendale. We would depart around 4AM and street park about 1 block from Colorado and carry our ladders and boards. Last parade for me was around 1958. Marched in the band in 1956. Back then they gave us free game tickets. Today too many restrictions and crowds. The OP's plan sounds perfect and should be enjoyable. It could be cold!! Bring a jacket.
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Old 12-18-2019, 05:27 PM   #9
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BRING EARPLUGS!

We took our RV to the parade once and parked in one of the lots close to the parade route. People ran their generators all night long. Felt like we were in a truck stop with all the diesel motors running.

We have been about five times. The parade is awesome. It has only rained once on the parade in the past 65 years so your odds of a great day are good.

Here is a pro tip. After the parade don't be in a hurry to leave. The traffic is crazy. Wait a bit in your RV, have some lunch, then leave. The freeways will be empty.

Hope you have a great time.
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Old 12-18-2019, 05:31 PM   #10
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Rose Parade

If you need any recommendations for restaurants We live just up the hill in Altadena . When ever we go to the parade we always get seats in the bleachers. Plus they have portable potty’s under each grandstand just for the bleachers , forecast is for partly cloudy and low of 47 and hi of 61 for the 31st and the 1st.
Enjoy the Parade and have a safe trip and happy holidays
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Old 12-18-2019, 05:35 PM   #11
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Live 30 minutes away and been to the parade once. Once was plenty for me but I can see the attraction of going once.
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Old 12-18-2019, 06:47 PM   #12
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Slept on the sidewalk once (you can't do that anymore).
Do they not allow the overnight party/orgy on Orange Grove anymore, or just keep the sidewalks clear?

First place I ever saw an active couple in a sleeping bag was on Orange Grove, and I have never seen more empty beer/liquor bottles (and trash) in my life than immediately after the parade where people had been camped.
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Old 12-21-2019, 10:31 AM   #13
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Thanks for the comments, advice and offers of help with restaurants etc. We're looking forward to what used to be called Kodak moment but I guess are called smart phone moments now. Still making slow progress with a stopover in Apache Junction, AZ to visit friends and relatives, maybe some golf. Gotta say, real estate at RV parks here is at a premium - tight spaces and high prices if you just come through as a non-regular. Worth every minute though.
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Do they not allow the overnight party/orgy on Orange Grove anymore, or just keep the sidewalks clear?

I don't think sleeping or sitting in chairs is allowed on the sidewalk anymore.
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Old 12-23-2019, 01:24 PM   #15
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If I was going to do it again, I would just buy some tickets n the grandstands. Least stressful and you almost get as good of a view as the people on TV.
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Old 12-24-2019, 02:33 PM   #16
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Congrats on your trip Salwolfe. That sound like a great trip. I would love to see it in person myself always amazed by the floats on the tv. Have a great time.
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Make sure you make time to view the floats after the parade, often the next day. You can get right next to them.
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Old 12-26-2019, 09:17 AM   #18
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On to either Quartzite or the Palm Springs area today. The desert was rainy the last 2 days and will be again for another couple of days. Pasadena is looking good though!
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Old 12-30-2019, 01:57 PM   #19
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On to either Quartzite or the Palm Springs area today. The desert was rainy the last 2 days and will be again for another couple of days. Pasadena is looking good though!

The high desert got a lot of snow over Christmas. Enjoy the parade, as many have said it needs to be seen in person at least once. My SIL is working on Burbank's float as this is written, volunteers every year, she lives about 1 mile from the float barn in Burbank.
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