The Rose Parade, also known as the Rose Bowl Parade, or the Tournament of Roses Parade, is one of the most unique events during the college football season. The Rose Parade kicks off at 8 a.m. on January 1st, 2018 and proceeds down a five mile stretch over an approximate two hour time frame. The Rose Parade has taken basically the same route since its inception, heading north on South Orange Grove Boulevard, before turning north on Sierra Madre Boulevard. The first Rose Parade took place in 1890, making it one of the oldest continual parades in North America. The parade is held to celebration the new year, as well as usher in the Rose Bowl which kicks off a few hours after the conclusion of the parade.
The Tournament of Roses floats are some of the most intricate in the world, and often take an entire year to complete. Each of the floats must adhere to a strict code, and must be covered in natural materials, with most displaying some form of rose or flower. In addition to intricate floats, the Rose Parade also features some of the top marching bands from around the country. Many of the top high school bands are invited, as well as the USMC marching band, Salvation Army marching band, and the Pasadena City College marching band. Each year a Grand Marshal of the Rose Parade is chosen with former Grand Marshals including George Lucas, Ken Burns, Frank Sinatra, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Pele, and Herbert Hoover. Each year, over 700,000 people attend the Rose Parade, and Rose Parade tickets to sit at the main grandstands are often in high demand.
Rose Parade in Pasadena, California
The Tournament of Roses Parade takes place each year on the same route. The Rose Parade begins at the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard. The parade starts north down Orange Grove Boulevard, before turning east onto Colorado Boulevard, where it will continue for the final 5 miles of the parade. The Rose Parade concludes every year at the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Villa Street.
Rose Parade Event Guide
When does the 2018 Rose Parade start?
The Rose Parade stars at 8:00 AM sharp, and continues for approximately 2 hours.
When should I arrive at the Rose Parade?
It is best practice to park approximately 2 hours before the arrival of the parade to your seating area.
Are the seats at the Rose Parade reserved?
Yes, each seat at the Rose Parade will be numbered and reserved. Your Rose Parade Ticket will grant you access to one reserved seat along the course of the parade.
Can I see better from lower or higher seats at the Rose Parade grandstand?
A majority of the grandstands are elevated at 5 feet from the street, giving each row a fantastic view of the street.
Does my child need a ticket to the 2018 Rose Parade?
Children under the age of 2 years old are allowed to enter the grandstands at the Rose Parade without requiring a ticket, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of the tournament.