Rose Parade Spectators Making Way to Pasadena

December 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Anxious parade-watchers will begin descending on Colorado Boulevard today in hopes of snagging prime viewing spots for the 129th Rose Parade, but people are being urged to heed the rules governing camping.

The parade route along Colorado Boulevard from Orange Grove Boulevard to Sierra Madre Boulevard will be closed to all traffic beginning at 10 p.m., hours earlier than past years. Sierra Madre Boulevard will also be closed at that time from Colorado to Paloma Street.

During the January 2018 Rose Parade, spectators will see a replica of the world’s largest free kitchen found at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. The Sikh community of Los Angeles/United Sikh Mission USA’s entry titled “Serving Kindness” honors Sikh teachings of selfless service and equality through Langar, a free community kitchen. The parade’s theme “Making a Difference” aligns with this Sikh tradition in which all markers of religions, caste, color, age, gender and social status are removed to make way for sharing, community, inclusiveness and oneness in humankind.

During the January 2018 Rose Parade, spectators will see a replica of the world’s largest free kitchen found at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. The Sikh community of Los Angeles/United Sikh Mission USA’s entry titled “Serving Kindness” honors Sikh teachings of selfless service and equality through Langar, a free community kitchen. The parade’s theme “Making a Difference” aligns with this Sikh tradition in which all markers of religions, caste, color, age, gender and social status are removed to make way for sharing, community, inclusiveness and oneness in humankind.

Police will be on hand at key intersections along Colorado to allow north-south traffic to cross the boulevard. Cross-over traffic will be cut off at 6 a.m. Monday.

Authorities have said there is no credible threat of violence targeting the parade, but law-enforcement officials are still stepping up their presence at the event and taking steps to ensure a safe event, including the earlier-than-usual street closures.

The road closures are expected to remain in effect until at least 2 p.m. Monday. The parade itself begins at 8 a.m. Monday and will last about 2 1/2 hours.

For people planning to attend the parade, the rules for camping and claiming spots along the route are in line with previous years.

— Overnight camping is permitted tonight only.  — A permanent spot on a sidewalk can be kept by standing vigil, starting at noon. The traditional Rose Parade “blue line” along the street is the honor line. People and their belongings must remain on the curb until 11 p.m., when they can move to the honor line.

— Small grills must be kept at least a foot off the ground and must be 25 feet from buildings and other combustible items. People cooking along the parade route need to have a fire extinguisher on hand.

— People younger than 18 are allowed along the parade route between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. only if with an adult.

— Overnight campers should dress for the cold. Children and senior citizens should overdress, in layers, to guard against hypothermia. — Parade-goers should drink fluids and eat regularly to avoid becoming dehydrated.

— Report any suspicious activities or unattended packages to authorities along the parade route by calling (626) 744-4241.

— In case of emergency, call 911 and be ready to give a location.
Things that are banned along the parade route include:

— drones;

— tents, sofas and boxes that can be used as stools or seats;

— unoccupied chairs;

— bonfires; and

— fireworks, except as part of scheduled official events.

City and parade officials also noted that no people or groups can march in the parade unless they have been approved by the Tournament of Roses.

Items may not be sold along the parade route without a permit, and no public areas – sidewalks, curbs, gutters, streets – can be cordoned or roped off. It is also illegal to buy, sell or give away horns on the parade route, and selling space along the route is illegal.

Ladders or scaffolding designed to give an elevated view of the parade are also banned.

Pets are not recommended because they are easily frightened by sudden, loud noises.

Spectators also may not throw any projectiles into the parade, including seemingly harmless items such as tortillas, marshmallows or flowers.

Vehicles obstructing emergency lanes will be towed, and walking in the street is not permitted during the parade. Open containers of alcohol are illegal on public streets, sidewalks or other areas. Smoking is also prohibited along the parade route.

 

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.

 

 

News Year’s Day Comes to Pasadena on Jan. 2

December 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

In case you haven’t heard, Angelenos — and the world for that matter — will have to wait an extra day to enjoy two of the Southland’s favorite New Year traditions: the Tournament Roses® Parade and the Rose Bowl Game.

The two long-standing fan favorite holiday events will be held on Jan. 2 because New Year’s Day falls on Sunday, activating the Tournament’s “Never on Sunday” tradition in place since 1893, the first year since the beginning of the Tournament that New Year’s Day fell on a Sunday.

Organizers of the event that year wanted to avoid frightening horses that would be hitched outside churches and interfering with worship services so the parade was moved to the next day, Jan. 2.

Though horses are no longer outside local churches, the tradition remains to this day.

Rendering of the City of Los Angeles’ entry into the 2017 Tournament Roses® Parade.

Rendering of the City of Los Angeles’ entry into the 2017 Tournament Roses® Parade.

Kicking off the day will be the century-plus Rose Parade at 8 a.m.

Organizers say the theme “Echoes of Success,” intends to tell “the story of how our character has developed through the selfless contributions of others and celebrates their inspirational gifts. It is a celebration for those people, institutions and organizations that help in the success of others.”

As usual, gracing one of the dozens of floats making their way down Colorado Boulevard will be the Tournament of Roses Royal Court, including Rose Queen Victoria Cecilia Castellanos, a senior at Temple City High School who lives in Temple City and volunteers with the Pasadena Humane Society and the American Legion in Eagle Rock, and six Rose Princesses: Audrey Mariam Cameron, Blair High School; Maya Kawaguchi Khan, Arcadia High School; Shannon Tracy Larsuel, Mayfield Senior School; Autumn Marie Lundy, Polytechnic School; Natalie Rose Petrosian, La Cañada High School; and Lauren ‘Emi’ Emiko Powers, Arcadia High School.

Tournament of Roses Queen Victoria Castellanos (center) poses with the six princess on the Royal Court.  (Courtesy of the Tournament Roses®)

Tournament of Roses Queen Victoria Castellanos (center) poses with the six princess on the Royal Court. (Courtesy of the Tournament Roses®)

The 2017 Grand Marshals for the parade are three five-time Olympic medalists: Allyson Felix, Janet Evans and Greg Louganis.

And since the Rose Bowl Game always follows the parade, the dual between the No. 5 CFP-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions, Champion of the Big Ten Conference, and the No. 9 CFP-ranked USC Trojans has also been moved to I p.m. Monday.

The public can get a close up look at all the colorful floats following the parade. They will parked along Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards from 1p.m. Monday until 4p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3.

 

For more information on all of the events and festivities, visit www.tournamentofroses.com/events.

 

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