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“Worth an all nighter” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tournament of Roses Association

Tournament of Roses Association
391 South Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91184
626 449 4100
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Los Angeles, California
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“Worth an all nighter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013 via mobile

The Rose parade is second only to the Macy's parade in my mind. It delivers beautiful floats , marching bands, horses and plenty of enthusiastic crowds.
Bleacher seats are available for a price, but are hard to exit if one needs to. We usually have someone( preferably younger than yours truly) hold our place curbside. You can start marking your area about 24 hours beforehand and setting up at designated times. Check the website for specifics. A large tarp works well, lawn chairs and blankets.
The fun begins when the streets close the night before. Prior to the streets closing there is an unofficial parade of vintage autos, bicyclists and the like.
Food and coffee are available most of the night at various venues and street vendors. There are clusters of port a potties along the parade route.
Police presence is congenial and effective: not only do they remove unruly spectators they protect the all parade goers from last minute arrivals who try to worm their way into a front row spot.
Pasadena can get pretty cold at night- dress in warm clothes and bring a portable camp heater and plenty of blankets.
Everyone should attend at least once ! I confess- I live within 5 minute walk- so I feel obligated to go!

Visited January 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

I ahve been to the Rose Bowl many many times and must tell you that this Association is a GREAT bunch of people. Love the RED COATS and white pants. The hosue that the office is in is extremely well kept and the people are very welcoming and friendly. No wonder that the Association is so well organized. They take PRIDE in what they do and you can tell that from when the scouts are out to invite you at your local university or hen they are marshalling the parade or even when you just go to visit. this is definately a TOP CLASS association and they should be very very PROUD of the work they do. Very well represented and a grand organization, Thanks for all you do !!!

Visited April 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Roses and More”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

I can remember many New Years mornings waiting in the cold for the parade to start. It's worth it. When I can't be there in person, I try to watch it on TV. Last year I took my wife to see the Post-Parade float exhibit. The Post-Parade gives you a good long look, but usually the animation is off, but it's less crowded and you aren't waiting in the cold.

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Pasadena, California
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“The history of this location add value to your visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

The TOR house was once the Wigley family ( yes the chewing gum folks) mansion. Well worth a visit on your next trip to Pasadena. A great history of the Rose Parade is on display for you to enjoy.

Visited December 2012
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“Official Tour? Worth EVERY Penny!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We did the official Tournament of Roses tour in 2012 and 2013. Both times we say "Worth every single penny we spent!"

* Float decorating: See 3-4 different sites including the Rose Bowl site where the general public views floats from a scaffold-walkway along one wall while Official Tour folks get to walk ON THE FLOOR OF WAREHOUSE along three walls. Up close and personal.

* Band Fest: In my mind, a do-not-miss. The bands that perform go above-and-beyond in their performances. You are seeing some amazing shows.

* Parade: Police escort to the parade. You don't have to deal with the traffic even from the comfort of the bus. Still a little walk to grand stand seats which are at the corner, near Norton Simon Museum, so floats have slowed to make the corner! Perfect view, great photos. Take your Tournament seat cushions - and dress in layers (cool mornings, warmer once parade starts). Note: don't drink coffee that morning. The porta-potty's should be considered emergency use only!!

* Game: Both years we went to the game. <Go Badgers! We love you even though you lost.> You can feel comfortable & confident leaving items on the bus as it is locked when not attended. Before the game, catered lunch in special tent with own bathroom/porta-potty facilities. Yummy food, nice to get out of the sun for a bit and relax. Then onto the game where you can upgrade your tickets but we chose not to and had great seats on the side end zone where the team came out of the tunnel. Bring the seat cushions that Official Tour gives as a gift. The stadium seats will get harder as the game progresses.

* Post-Game: the bus driver is the one dealing with the traffic not you! Still a fairly quick return to hotel considering the # of folks at the game.

* Next day float viewing: We did this in 2012 but had to miss it in 2013 and I'm bummed we did. Great opportunity to get closer to the floats for some great pix. The Official Tour takes you early so you are in & out before the crowds.

Again, worth every penny. Strongly recommend!

Visited January 2013
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