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2017 Rose Parade

Don’t miss one of the iconic New Year’s traditions in the country: the Tournament of Roses Rose Parade in Pasadena! It’s the 128th run-through of this float-tastic spectacle, which begins at 8 AM on January 2, 2017.

Some 700,000 people attend the Rose Parade, composed of lavishly flowered floats, first-class marching bands, and handsome equestrian units in all-out finery. Impressive enough seen on TV (as millions more do), the Tournament of Roses is downright jaw-dropping when you experience it in-the-flesh (in-the-bloom?).

“Never on a Sunday”

In most years, the Tournament of Roses is a New Year’s Day event, but this season the holiday is falling on a Sunday, and therefore a long-established tradition comes into play: Back in the early days of the football game, its organizers decided that in such years the bowl should be bumped forward a day, so that its ruckus didn’t spook horses tethered outside churches. It’s a “Never on a Sunday” protocol abided by since 1893, even though church-hitched steeds aren’t too common a sight in Pasadena these days.

Rose Parade Geography

The 5½-mile, roughly two-hour-long Rose Parade begins at Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard, then proceeds north along Orange Grove to Colorado Boulevard, its main thoroughfare, before wrapping up on Sierra Madre Boulevard and Villa Street.

Attending the Parade

You can reserve grandstand seating through December 31 (kids two years old and younger don’t need a grandstand ticket if they sit on a grownup’s lap), or try to stake out a first-come, first-served curbside perch along the parade route, which is allowed beginning at noon on January 1.

Cut down on hassle and headaches reaching the Rose Parade grounds by taking advantage of public transportation. The Metro Gold Line will be running extra frequently with more trains between 5 AM and 9 PM on January 2; other convenient train routes include the Red, Purple, and Orange lines.

Be sure to check out the City of Pasadena’s visitor guide for the Rose Parade for more details on attending the Tournament of Roses.

Football Follow-Up

After the Rose Parade concludes, the Tournament of Roses action is far from over: The 103rd Rose Bowl, which this year features Penn State and USC, gets underway at 2 PM. 

Ring in the New Year at Hotel Amarano

We’d love to host you for the 2017 Tournament of Roses here at Hotel Amarano in lovely downtown Burbank, within shouting distance of all the Pasadena pageantry. What better way to welcome in 2017 than taking in the world-famous Rose Parade firsthand—and calling one of Southern California’s premier boutique hotels home for the occasion?


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