Environment, Service and Imagination Dominate 2018 Rose Parade

January 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The 129th Rose Parade stepped off on time in a peaceful and festive Pasadena Monday, with 24 awards given to floats and a B-2 bomber soaring overhead.

The Sweepstakes Award, for most beautiful entry, encompassing float design, floral presentation and entertainment, went to a Pasadena investment firm, Singpoli American BD, for its “Rising Above Paradise.”

Three massive flowered wheels, pushed down the parade route by human beings, won the Crown City Innovator Award for most outstanding use of imagination, innovation and technology. That float, ”Make Your Own Momentum,” was sponsored by “The Grand Tour,” an Amazon TV show.

Volunteers from Burbank won the Founder Award ‘Sand-SationalHelpers,” named the most outstanding float built and decorated by volunteers from a community or organization. Other self-built floats winning awards came from Cal Poly campuses, Downey, La Canada-Flintridge and Sierra Madre.

City of Alhambra 2018 Rose Parade Entry-Storytime. Photo by FZermeno

New Years Eve was quiet in Pasadena, as quiet as could be expected with tens of thousands of people on Colorado Boulevard and side streets, both welcoming the New Year and staking out prized parade viewing concrete.

Actor Gary Sinise, best known for his role as Lt. Dan Taylor in “Forrest Gump,” served as grand marshal of the 5 1/2-mile procession, which kicked off at 8 a.m.

The parade featured 39 floral-covered floats, 20 equestrian groups and 20 marching bands, plus the marching bands from Oklahoma University and theUniversity of Georgia who faced off Monday at the Rose Bowl.

Among the marching bands taking part were Australia’s Marching Koalas; Kyoto Tachibana High School from Kyoto, Japan; Banda De Musica Herberto Lopez of Panama; the Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band; the U.S. Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band; and the Burlington Teen Tour Band from Burlington, Canada.

La Salle High School senior Isabella Marie Marez, 18, presided as this year’s Rose Queen. She was accompanied by Royal Court members Alexandra Marie Artura, Savannah Rose Bradley, Lauren Elizabeth Buehner, Georgia Jane Cervenka, Julianne Elise Lauenstein and Sydney Grace Pickering.

2018 Rose Parade Queen, La Salle High School Senior. Maria Marez. (EGP Photo by Fred Zermeno)

2018 Rose Parade Queen, La Salle High School Senior. Maria Marez. (EGP Photo by Fred Zermeno)

The highlight of the parade, however, is always the array of intricately designed and decorated floats. This year’s lineup includes floats sponsored by a variety of Southland cities, along with groups and companies including the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Honda, Dole Packaged Foods, Kaiser Permanente, Lucy Pet, Trader Joe’s and Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

The Donate Life float, an annual fixture in the parade, once again paid tribute to organ donors. Among those riding on the float were baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew, who received a heart and kidney from the late NFL tight end Konrad Reuland, and former NFL quarterback and coach Sam Wyche, who received a heart just hours before being placed on hospice care. The award-winning entry by the United Sikh Mission featured a replica of the world’s largest free kitchen, which is located at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India.
When the parade concluded, the floats were placed on display until Tuesday during the Showcase of Floats at Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards.

Parade-goers faced a stepped-up presence by law enforcement officials. Police took the added step this year of closing off the parade route earlier than usual, with barricades going up at 10 p.m. New Year’s Eve in an effort to better control traffic through the area. Bomb-sniffing dogs, a “no drone zone” and barricades blocking vehicle traffic from entering the parade route at its 56 intersections are all part of the security plan.

Ride Metro for Free Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve

December 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Metro will continue it’s long standing tradition of offering commuters free rides on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and will offer “enhanced” rail and bus service for commuters trying to get to the Rose Parade or Rose Bowl Game on New Year’s Day, the transportation agency announced this week.

Riding a Metro rail line or bus can help commuters avoid the stress of fighting traffic, Metro said, encouraging people to take advantage of the free service.

Free rides will be available from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. on all Metro bus and rail lines on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. The regular Sunday/Holiday schedule will be followed on Christmas Day. Bus lines that do not operate on Sundays will not run on Monday, Metro said.

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On New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, Metro Bus will operate on a regular Sunday schedule. Metro Rail will run every 12 minutes on all lines with overnight, 24-hour service. Free fares will be in effect from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. After 2 a.m., transit riders will need to TAP to ride. Metro Rail will run every 20 minutes from approximately 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. The regular Sunday/Holiday schedule will be in effect on New Year’s Day.

The Metro Gold Line will be the best way to get to the Pasadena events, as numerous Metro bus lines along the Rose Parade route will be detoured or split into two segments at Colorado Boulevard until streets are reopened, Metro said, adding that there are multiple stations that serve the parade route in Pasadena, including Del Mar, Memorial Park, Lake and Allen.

Free bus shuttles from the Parsons parking lot to the Rose Bowl are easily accessible from Memorial Park Station, Metro said.

While free fares are in effect, fare gates will be unlatched and anyone who accidentally taps their TAP card will not be charged. Metro’s one-way fare is $1.75 with two hours of free transfers. Metro Day Pass fares are valid until 3 a.m. the following day.

 

 

Completamente Vendido Partido de Fútbol Entre EE.UU y México en el Rose Bowl

October 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

El partido de fútbol de la Copa CONCACAF del sábado entre EE.UU. y México en el Rose Bowl está agotado, con una multitud de más de 90,000 personas, anunciaron los organizadores el lunes.

“Este es uno de los mayores partidos de fútbol que se jugará en suelo norteamericano desde la Copa Mundial de 1994 y los aficionados sin duda han respondido”, dijo Ted Howard, secretario general de la CONCACAF.

Los aficionados solicitaron en línea por el derecho de adquirir entradas a través de un sistema de lotería. Un proceso suplementario reñido se celebró para los grupos partidarios de EE.UU. y equipos mexicanos.

Aficionados mexicanos han tradicionalmente superado en número a sus contrapartes estadounidenses en los juegos entre los equipos del sur de California.

“Uno de nuestros objetivos para este juego era hacer que el Rose Bowl fuera una representación de ambas bases de fans apasionados”, dijo Howard.

“El interés y la demanda para un evento de esta magnitud requiere de un proceso que permite la oportunidad de una distribución justa y equitativa de boletos”.

El destacado delantero mexicano Giovani dos Santos se perderá el juego debido a una distensión muscular que sufrió durante el empate de 1-1 entre el Galaxy de Los Ángeles y el Seattle Sounders FC en un partido de la MLS el domingo, dijo un funcionario del Galaxy el lunes.

Los organizadores están alentando a los aficionados llegar temprano y si es posible en autos compartidos. El estacionamiento para vehículos con cuatro o más pasajeros será de $25. El estacionamiento general es de $40.

Los estacionamientos se abrirán a las 2pm. Un festival de aficionados se llevará a cabo en el campo de golf Brookside Golf Course con música, comida, sesiones de autógrafos de leyendas del fútbol a partir de las 2pm.

El servicio de autobús ‘shuttle’ se extenderá desde el edificio Parsons Engineering en Old Town Pasadena al estadio.

Habrá puntos de revisión de boletos para todos los vehículos que entran a los estacionamientos del Rose Bowl el sábado. Quienes no tengan boleto no se les permitirá entrar a la zona del estadio.

El ganador será el representante de la CONCACAF en la Copa Confederaciones de la FIFA 2017, un torneo que se juega cada cuatro años en el año previo a la Copa Mundial en el país anfitrión de la Copa Mundial.

El campo de ocho equipos en la Copa Confederaciones consiste en el campeón de cada una de las seis federaciones regionales de la FIFA, el actual campeón de la Copa del Mundo y el país anfitrión, que en 2017 será Rusia.

En abril de 2013, la Confederación de Fútbol de Norte, Centroamérica y el Caribe, organismo rector del fútbol de la región, anunció la división en la Copa Confederaciones entre dos ediciones de la Copa Oro de la CONCACAF, asegurando que ambas ediciones del campeonato de la región nacional por equipos en cada ciclo de cuatro años tiene la misma importancia desde el punto de vista competitivo.

Saturday’s U.S.-Mexico Soccer Game at Rose Bowl Sold Out

October 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Saturday’s CONCACAF Cup soccer game between the U.S. and Mexico at the Rose Bowl is sold out, with a crowd of more than 90,000 expected, organizers announced Monday.

“This is one of the biggest soccer games to be played on North American soil since the 1994 World Cup and the fans have certainly responded,” said CONCACAF acting General Secretary Ted Howard.

Fans applied online for the right to purchase tickets via a lottery system. A supplemental ticking process was held for supporters groups of the U.S. and Mexican teams.

Mexican fans have traditionally outnumbered their U.S. counterparts in games between the teams in Southern California.

“One of our goals for this game was to make the Rose Bowl a representation of both passionate fan bases,” Howard said.

“The interest and demand for an event of this magnitude requires a process that allows for an opportunity for a fair and equitable distribution of tickets.”

Standout Mexican forward Giovani dos Santos will miss the game because of a muscle strain suffered in the Los Angeles Galaxy’s 1-1 tie with Seattle Sounders FC in a Major League Soccer game on Sunday, a Galaxy official said Monday.

Organizers are encouraging fans to arrive early and car pool. Parking for vehicles with four or more passengers will be $25. The general parking rate is $40.

Parking lots will open at 2 p.m. A Fan Fest will be held on the Brookside Golf Course driving range with music, food and autograph sessions from soccer legends beginning at 2 p.m.

Shuttle bus service will run from the Parsons Engineering building in Old Town Pasadena to the stadium.

There will be ticket check points for all vehicles entering the Rose Bowl parking lots on Saturday. Those without a ticket will not be permitted into the stadium area.

The winner will be the CONCACAF representative in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, a tournament played every four years in the year before the World Cup in the host nation of the World Cup.

The eight-team field in the Confederations Cup consists of the champion of each of FIFA’s six regional federations, the reigning World Cup champion and the host nation, which in 2017 will be Russia.

In April 2013, the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, soccer’s governing body for the region, announced the split of the region’s berth in the Confederations Cup between two editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, assuring both editions of the region’s national team championship in each four-year cycle have the same importance from a competitive perspective.

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