The northeast intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Hill Avenue is wide with unobstructed views east to watch the on-coming Rose Parade floats. It’s directly across from the Pasadena City College marquee.
This is about the halfway point of the parade so the floats are still in good shape as are the marching band members. There is an emergency tent set-up just back from the intersection and the spectators are told to stay on the sidewalks.
In good weather, it won’t be possible to reach the curb as is the case along the nearly 6-mile route. People who have slept overnight deserve the seats they spent so much time working to save.
However, even standing back 10 yards from the intersection allows for fairly good views for people who don’t want to sleep overnight and those who show up at the last minute.
A Jack in the Box restaurant on the northeast corner will be open and a Tommy’s restaurant closer to Hill and Walnut will also be open.
The parade reaches this point about 8:40 or so and lasts for a couple of hours. Plan on walking about ¾ of a mile.
Park north of the 210 Freeway on Hill Avenue facing either north or south between Orange Grove Avenue and Mountain Avenue.
Walk south, underneath the freeway, toward Colorado Boulevard.
Don’t try to make your way to the curb or stand in the intersection. However, if you want a taste of the parade without sleeping overnight or arriving at about 4am to grab a seat then this will do it.