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View Rose Floats in Pasadena After Parade

File photo.
File photo.
Once the excitement of the Tournament of Roses Parade has cooled off, fans can take a trip to Pasadena and get up close and personal with the floats.

Post Parade: A Showcase of Floats will take place Jan. 1 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Jan. 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 through Sharp Seating Company. Tickets can also be purchased at the venue until 3 p.m. both days.

Organizers offer tips during your visit:
  • All strollers, backpacks, purses, bags, etc. are subject to search prior to entry into the Post Parade venue.
  • Skateboards, roller skates, bicycles, tricycles, Segways and wagons are not permitted.¬† Please note that use of a stroller is difficult due to terrain.
  • No animals, except service animals, are permitted within the venue.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes as there are no trams and seating is limited. Viewing all the floats will require walking a distance of approximately 2.5 miles and will take at least two hours. The venue is often crowded and you will be walking and viewing at a leisurely pace.
  • The least crowded time to visit Post Parade is during the morning hours on January 2. At peak viewing times, there may be lines to purchase tickets, ride the Park-N-Ride shuttle, or enter the Post Parade venue.
  • At the entrance, pick up a brochure with a map of the Post Parade venue layout. The brochure is also available at all Park-N-Ride locations.
  • Remember to stay hydrated, particularly if the day is hot. Water is available free-of-charge at three locations within the venue.
  • There are a limited number of food vendors at the venue. Visitors are welcome to bring small quantities of food and non-alcoholic drinks into the venue. (No coolers, please).
  • Before you begin viewing the floats, decide where you and others in your party will meet in case you are inadvertently separated and cannot communicate via cell phone. One option is to meet near the Lost and Found tent at the intersection of Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards.
  • There will be ATMs inside the venue.
  • Please deposit your recyclable items in the marked bins.

Street parking will be limited during the event. The Tournament of Roses will offer a shuttle bus service from three Park-N-Ride locations. Shuttle tickets are $3 roundtrip:

Driving Directions for Post Parade Park-N-Ride locations

Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
  • From 210 Fwy, exit Hill Avenue and head south. Turn left on Colorado Boulevard. Turn right on Bonnie Avenue to Del Mar Boulevard and follow the signs to the parking lot.
  • From 110 Fwy North, take freeway until it ends in Pasadena. The freeway then becomes Arroyo Parkway. Turn right on Del Mar Boulevard. Continue east to Hill Ave. and follow the signs to the parking lot.
Community Education Center, 3035 E. Foothill Blvd.
  • From 210 Fwy, take exit toward San Gabriel Boulevard. Turn slight left onto La Tierra Street. Turn right onto North San Gabriel Boulevard. Turn left onto Foothill Boulevard. From 110 Fwy North, exit Orange Grove Boulevard and turn left. Turn right onto California Boulevard. Turn left onto Pasadena Avenue and merge onto 210 Fwy East. Take exit toward San Gabriel Boulevard. Turn slight left onto La Tierra Street. Turn right onto North San Gabriel Boulevard. Turn left onto Foothill Boulevard.
Rose Bowl Stadium, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive (January 2 ONLY)
  • From 210 Fwy West, continue west to 134 Freeway. Stay west on the 134 Fwy and exit at Orange Grove Boulevard which will be the first exit from the 134 Fwy. Turn right on Orange Grove Boulevard. Continue until you see the sign for the Rose Bowl. Turn left on Rosemont Avevue and drive down into the Bowl area. Follow the signs to parking lot F. From 110 Fwy, North, exit at Orange Grove Boulevard and turn left. Continue north, past California and Colorado boulevards and over the 134 Fwy. Continue until you see the sign for the Rose Bowl. Turn left on Rosemont Avenue and drive down into the Bowl area. Follow the signs to parking lot F.

MTA will offer a shuttle service to the Showcase. Shuttles will leave from the Sierra Madre Villa Station on both days of the event.

The MTA shuttle will run to the venue from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will run back to the Station will run until 5:30 p.m. Jan. 1. MTA shuttle service to the venue will run from 7 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m., with shuttles returning to the Station until 5:30 p.m. Cost to ride the MTA shuttle is regular MTA fare plus the cost of a transfer.

Information courtesy of the Tournament of Roses website.
Linda R January 01, 2014 at 12:44 PM
No special time for the handicapped/disabled to view floats?
Surf's Up January 01, 2014 at 04:40 PM
Interesting observation - Stephanie Edwards and Bob Eubanks did not announce the float with the gay marriage taking place upon it. Micah Ohlman did it instead. While Edwards and Eubanks would make commentary on 99% of the other floats, marching bands and individuals who walked in the parade - here the two remained silent. It was reported that Bob Eubanks congratulated the couple - but it was actually Micah Ohlman, who reported the entire segment.
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger January 02, 2014 at 12:39 AM
I posted the following in Altadena as well. In regards to the AB1266 trangender school law.-----The bill is crazy if I understand it correctly. The bill here------- ----- http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB1266 -------- --states that any one of any gender can play any sport. So if a guy wants to play volleyball, he can do that AS A GUY...it does not specify transgender. That would mean that their would be no separate boys volleyball, and girls. Two things would happen. Say bye, bye to almost all girls in any sport. 2) their would be no need for title nine since everyone is "equal". CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHY THAT IS NOT THE CASE? I hope I am wrong. If not, that means that every single kid, and their families are forever changed. Every single girl has to compete with every guy to compete in any sport. And the dumbest of all. The world as we know it changes, at the expense of all, so a handful "feels included while being confused. Ultimate....ULTIMATE STUPIDITY.....(IF THAT IS THE LAW) if.....
Surf's Up January 02, 2014 at 01:03 AM
Well, if you believe that a guy will lie and pose as a transgender girl to play in a girl's school sport... I think that is pretty doubtful. Realistically, who wants that type of hassle. Though, I guess we both know it's going to make a pretty good cheesy movie. Something we'll see coming out sometime next year. The question really has to with equality of physicality.
Surf's Up January 02, 2014 at 01:07 AM
The law only applies to transgender identified boys and girls. It does not apply to any other boys and girls.
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger January 02, 2014 at 02:09 AM
Surf's up...."The law only applies to transgender identified boys and girls. It does not apply to any other boys and girls." END QUOTE.. Yeah, that's what I thought until I read it tonight. Read it. Their is not much to read.
Surf's Up January 02, 2014 at 11:26 AM
With any bill, there is a congressional record - that are drafter's notes, and if the there was a debate prior to passage, this is recorded as well in the congressional record. Contextually, there is absolutely no argument on who and what this bill applies to - transgender boys and girls. As you might imagine, this was not a bill with a quiet passage. That being said, it will be litigated. And, your argument may well stand up in court. The only inequity I see is minimal. Should a transgender boy-to-girl play in a girls league, depending on the sport - there could be an athletic disparity, which puts some girls at a disadvantage. How many girls will be displaced? What kind of disadvantage? Well, the percentage is really, really small. How many transgender boys-to-girls are there? How many will pay in a girls sport? While the theoretical problem may sound horrible to some - there is really no issue. Though something remote is possible, that does not make it probable. To quote the Who, "the kids are all right."

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