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Rose Parade - Tips and Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Rose Parade?
Rose Parade in Pasadena

The Rose Parade in Pasadena

Courtesy of the Tournament of Roses
The tradition of the Rose Parade is over a hundred years old in the city of Pasadena, California. On New Year's Day, floats decorated in flower petals, seeds, grasses and other plant matter are paraded down Route 66, also known as Colorado Boulevard. The floats represent cities around Southern California and various civic organizations and companies. The flower-laden vehicles are accompanied by the top marching bands and equestrian teams from around the country.

  1. What is the Rose Parade?
  2. When is the Rose Parade?
  3. What is the Parade Route?
  4. Do I need a grandstand seat or can I watch the parade from the sidewalk?
  5. Which are the best grandstand seats?
  6. Is there access for the disabled?
  7. Where should I park?
  8. How do I take the Metro to the Parade?
  9. Where should I stay to go to the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl?

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