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Rose Parade in Pasadena

The Rose Parade in Pasadena

Courtesy of the Tournament of Roses
Pasadena is the queen of the San Gabriel Valley sitting at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains next to a dry riverbed known as the Arroyo Seco. Some Angelenos think of the city as just another LA suburb. It's closer to Downtown Los Angeles than most of LA's actual suburbs and neighborhoods. But Pasadena is a City in its own right. In 1886 it became the second incorporated city in Southern California after Los Angeles. It is the 6th largest city in Los Angeles County with the 2005 population estimated to be around 145,000. Its valley location keeps the city about 20 degrees warmer than beach communities during summer months.

The name Pasadena means "in the valley" in the Minnesota Chippewa language. Why use the Minnesota Chippewa language and not the local Tongva Indian language? Well, somebody knew somebody…

Pasadena is an upscale community with a thriving arts, cultural and entertainment scene and lots of great places to eat and shop centered around Old Town Pasadena and extending into the Theatre District.

Pasadena is best known for the Tournament of Roses Parade and Bowl Game that take place every New Year's Day.

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