Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out the Post Parade Showcase of Floats on Friday, January 1st from 1 pm to 5 p.m. or Saturday/Sunday, January 2nd/3rd from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (7 am for senior citizens and disabled visitors only) to get an up close view of the nearly 50 floats planned to appear in the 121st Annual Rose Parade. The theme of this year’s event is “A Cut Above the Rest.”
Rose Parade floats are required to be completely covered by flowers or other natural materials, such as leaves, seeds or bark. The detail is nothing short of amazing to see up close. Be sure to bring your camera!
For more information about the Showcase of Floats, visit www.tournamentofroses.com/events/showcase.asp or call 626.449.4100.
From the Rose Parade website:
Date/Time: (Rain or shine):
January 1, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. (general admission)
January 2 and 3, 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. (senior citizens and disabled visitors)
January 2 and 3, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (general admission)
* ticket sales end at 2:30 p.m. and guest admittance ends at 3:00 p.m.; venue closes at 5:00 p.m.
Location: End of Parade route on Sierra Madre Blvd Park & Ride shuttle locations
Admission: $7, free for children five and under (Ticket sales end at 3:00 pm)
Advance Tickets: are available through Sharp Seating Company at (626) 795-4171. Tickets will also be available at the event box office and all Park-N-Ride locations.
Parking: Street parking near the event is limited. Park & Ride Program (see below) shuttle service will be available from locations in Pasadena. Guests using shuttles enter the event through a priority line. Shuttle fare is $3 per person round trip, and children five and under ride free.
Post Parade: A Showcase of Floats is a unique opportunity for the viewing public to step up close and see for themselves the majestic beauty and splendor of the floral floats. You can also download, on iTunes, a Tournament of Roses-produced audio tour of the floats to listen to as you view them. Please allow two hours for this breath-taking display and don’t forget your camera!
After every Rose Parade, the floral masterpieces are parked along Sierra Madre and Washington Boulevards in Pasadena and exhibited for visitors to walk by and see in close detail the design and workmanship that goes into these floats. Visitors are able to walk within a few feet of the floats and appreciate for themselves the creativity and the imagination of the floral displays. The Rose Parade floats have been a Pasadena tradition for over 100 years. Of course, White Suiters will be on hand to answer your many questions. Please come and enjoy the beauty and imagination of these floral creations.
A revised documentary on the making of a float, sponsored by Bayer Advanced, will be shown throughout the day in the 1600 seat auditorium adjacent to the Showcase Lot. Admission to the updated film is free with admission to Post Parade.
All bags are subject to search prior to entry into the venue. No pets, bicycles, skateboards, skates or Segways allowed.