Singpoli Group's float

125th Tournament of Roses Parade: Post Parade Showcase of Floats

2014 Wells Fargo Theme Banner: Dreams Come True

2014 Wells Fargo Theme Banner: Dreams Come True

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.

Tribute to original Rose Parade Cars

Wells Fargo Opening Show: Tribute to the original Rose Parade vehicles

Wells Fargo Opening Show: Spirit of St. Louis Tribute

Wells Fargo Opening Show: Spirit of St. Louis Tribute

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.

Western Asset Management float

Western Asset Management float

Floral details of Western Asset Management float

Floral details of Western Asset Management float

So close yet Safari Away

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.

City of Hope: Turning Hope & Dreams Into Reality

City of Hope: Turning Hope & Dreams Into Reality

City of Glendale: Let's Be Neighbors (Governor's Trophy)

City of Glendale: Let’s Be Neighbors (Governor’s Trophy)

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)

Kiwanis Intl: Bridging Children's Dreams

Kiwanis Intl: Bridging Children’s Dreams

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.

Kiwanis Intl float detail

Kiwanis Intl float detail

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.

Shriners Hospitals: Love to the rescue

Shriners Hospitals: Love to the rescue

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!

City of Los Angeles float

City of Los Angeles float

City of Beverly Hills float

City of Beverly Hills float

City of Beverly Hills

Bev Hills

Lutheran Hour Ministries float

Lutheran Hour Ministries float

Lutheran Hour Ministries

Public Storage's float

Public Storage’s float

Part of the Public Storage float

Part of the Public Storage float

Cal Poly University's student designed float won the Innovation trophy this year

Cal Poly University’s student designed float won the Innovation trophy this year

Cal Poly 2

China Airline's float

China Airline’s float

City of Burbank's float

City of Burbank’s float

City of Downey's float

City of Downey’s float

Underground Service 811 float: Dig Alert

Underground Service 811 float: Dig Alert

Dig Alerts Dogs

Dig Alert

RFD-TV's float where Darryl Hall performed during the parade

RFD-TV’s float where Darryl Hall performed during the parade

RFD TV close up/ not only are flowers used but fruits and vegetables are incorporated as well

RFD TV close up/ not only are flowers used but fruits and vegetables are incorporated as well

The E Harmony float

The E Harmony float

E Harmony Swans

Stellabrate Good Times

Stellabrate Good Times

Stella Rosa Wines

Indonesia Tourism's humor

Indonesia Tourism’s humor

Indonesia Tourism's float

Indonesia Tourism’s float

The K9 float

The K9 float

La Canada Flintridge's Dog Gone won the Bob Hope Humor trophy

La Canada Flintridge’s Dog Gone won the Bob Hope Humor trophy

AIDS Healthcare's float

AIDS Healthcare’s float

Miracle Gros' Grow Something Greater float

Miracle Gros’ Grow Something Greater float

Beverly Hills Pet Care Foundation

Beverly Hills Pet Care Foundation

SeaWorld's Sea of Surprises

SeaWorld’s Sea of Surprises

Sea World Angel Fish_Presidents Award

SeaWorld Coral

SeaWorld Diver

SeaWorld Sea horses

Seaworld Turtles

Sierra Madre's float

Sierra Madre’s float

Singpoli Group's float

Singpoli Group’s float

South Pasadena's Intergalactic Vacation

South Pasadena’s Intergalactic Vacation

Wingtip to Wingtip float

Wingtip to Wingtip float

WWII Women Airforce Pilots

WWII Plane

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