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“Always a treat and a great experience!” 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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Ranked #6 of 27 Attractions in Pasadena
Type: Historic Sites, Performances, Tours, Cultural
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Chandler, Arizona
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Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
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“Always a treat and a great experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

I grew up in So. Calif. and our church group used to decorate the floats. Now that I am an adult, I am lucky enough to have some wonderful friends who live close to the parade route. So, we take advantage of their hospitality every couple of years to go see the parade. Everyone should experience it once in a lifetime. The floats are amazing. Every inch covered by a living plant. The bands and equestrian units are always very impressive. Everything is much better than it looks on TV. Splurge and buy some seats along the parade route and enjoy. It is one of the best things you can experience!

Visited January 2013
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Augusta, GA
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572 reviews 572 reviews
268 attraction reviews
Reviews in 189 cities Reviews in 189 cities
254 helpful votes 254 helpful votes
“Fun tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

The tour began with a video of the history of the parade, and it put a whole new light on the parade for me. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and truly enjoyed his work. We saw how they choose the queen and her court, where the committee has meetings regarding the parade and some of the furnishings and decor of one of the original Wrigley mansions. We enjoyed the tour and looking at many of the roses growing alongside the mansion as well.

Visited August 2013
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Pasadena, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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“what a pleasant facility”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We were sent here from a friend to tour the house. it was nice and clean. But more importantly huge and just beautiful. Spent a hour looking around, and hearing of the famous people that visited here.

Visited February 2013
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Kenpasadena
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Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
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“Insider Tips to Rose Parade”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I've lived in Pasadena since 1993 and really like it. Of course, most people know us for the annual Rose Parade.

There aren't enough hotels in Pasadena, but downtown LA and even Monrovia, CA are pretty close and have a decent amount of hotels to choose from.

If you can, take the Gold Line to the Parade. You can avoid worrying about parking.

Unless you are a teenager or crazy, don't spend the night on the street waiting for the parade. There are plenty of spaces further east on the Parade Route. You can walk right up and stand on the front row on Colorado BLVD. And it takes about an hour for the parade to get to East Pasadena, so that gives you more time to sleep in.

After you see the parade, it's really the same every year. Veteran Pasadenan's watch it on Channel 5 - it's repeated all day. They have the best coverage.

Don't go to see the floats after the parade is over. The parking is horrible and the crowds are overflowing. Instead, see above. Watch one of the reruns on Channel 5 New Year's Day.

If you are a runner, a fun thing to do is join the other runners about an hour before the parade starts and run down Colorado Blvd. You burn off calories and can then go watch the parade on Channel 5.

Also, I've been to Macy's Parade, and the Rose Parade is much better. It's warmer, prettier and you can watch football all day afterwards.

Visited January 2013
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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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