The 125th Tournament of Roses Parade has come and gone and thus marked the end of the holiday celebrations of 2013. Although the parade officially takes place on New Year’s Day, many view the event as a continuation of the New Year’s Eve celebrations of the year before. I recently posted an article about the Tournament of Roses Parade (https://traveldreamscapes.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/holidays-in-southern-california-the-tournament-of-roses-parade/) and thought I would take the opportunity to follow up that post with an article about the Post Parade Showcase of Floats that draws just as many visitors as the parade itself does.
The post parade float viewing typically takes place after the conclusion of the parade and extends in to the following day. This year, the showcase of floats began on January 1, 2014 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM and the event was extended to January 2, 2014. A special viewing for seniors and disabled guests was scheduled on the second day between the hours of 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM followed by general admittance from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
Admission to the post parade viewing is $10 for adults and children over 5 years of age. The floats are parked along Sierra Madre and Washington Boulevards. Streets around the area are blocked off and street parking is extremely limited therefore it is advisable to save yourself the headache and take advantage of one of the park and ride services provided for an additional charge of $3 roundtrip.
The park and ride shuttle services are available from three locations in Pasadena:
(1) Pasadena City College: 1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
(2) Community Education Center: 3035 E. Foothill Blvd.
(3) Rose Bowl: 1001 Rose Bowl Drive (On the second day only as the Rose Bowl Game takes place following the parade on New Year’s Day)
Cell phone audio tours are available during the post parade float viewing. You simply dial (626) 321-4768 and enter the parade entry number of the float to hear additional information pertaining to that specific float. Please note that cell phone airtime charges do apply although the service itself is free.
It will take approximately 2 hours to walk the 2.5 miles required to see all of the floats. Bring comfortable shoes, your camera and plenty of patience as the event tends to get very crowded. Arrive early if you can and avoid the crowds. There are food/ beverage concessions and live entertainment is provided at the Entertainment Stage.
It is one thing to see these floats parade by on your television and quite another to view them up close. The post parade viewing event really allows one to see the magnificence and grandeur of each float and understand the enormous effort that is put into building them each year!