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Pasadena Police and Fire departments discuss Rose Parade and game day behavior

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“If you see something, say something” was the theme of Monday’s press conference with Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez and Pasadena Fire Chief Calvin Wells in at the end of the Rose Parade route. The two city departments joined to give safety tips and review the relevant laws governing behavior at the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game on January 1, and the BCS championship game at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 6, 2014.

Making the situation a bit dicier than usual, a red flag warning for fire danger due to low humidity is expected to be issued on New Year’s Eve. Chief Wells urged parade-goers to stay hydrated and bring sunscreen. “We want to avoid a medical emergency,” he said.

Wells also addressed typical—and illegal—pre-parade behaviors such as throwing food and fires that are not in approved equipment. Large furniture such as couches and living room chairs are also prohibited.

For details on how to be a “good neighbor” on the Rose Parade route and rules regarding camping out, read Rose Parade 101: Plan ahead to get the most out of your Pasadena adventure and Camping out along the parade route. Information on all 2014 Tournament of Roses events is posted here.

Beyond the usual information and in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings of last April, Wells urged people to report unattended backpacks, tote bags, and other objects. “We want you to have a safe celebration out here,” he said.

Chief Sanchez said he wants to harness community awareness. “We realize we are the focus of the world in Pasadena on that day,” he stated. “I can’t underestimate or underscore enough the value of our parade-goers.”

He urged people attending the Rose Parade, Rose Bowl Game or BCS game to let Pasadena Police, their partners in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Tournament of Roses personnel, or volunteers know if they see anything suspicious. People can approach an officer or call (626) 744-4241 for non-emergencies and 911 for emergencies.

He assured people that the Pasadena Police Department is well-prepared for emergencies and has overt and covert presence at events. The PPD has an ongoing dialog with both PETA and Occupy protesters, and that both groups have been open to maintaining lawful behavior. Asked about possible protests over the wedding between two men taking place on the AIDS Healthcare Foundation float, Sanchez responded that he has not spoken to opponents, but that the PPD is there to protect civil rights.

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