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“No matter how great it looks on tv, it is better in person!” 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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Coconut Creek, Florida
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69 reviews 69 reviews
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“No matter how great it looks on tv, it is better in person!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

If you go splurge and get seats in the bandstand. I understand some of the people standing on the sidelines had waited for a couple of days so they could be close - and they still had to stand for the whole parade. The seats are definitely worth it. If you know you are going and will be there ahead of time you can get yourself on the volunteer list and actually help affix some last minute flowers - it makes the float more personal as you watch them go by. The floats are all exquisite - it is hard to imagine that they are made of all live material. The bands are a treat - we had high school bands from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii! The Michigan State band was magnificent. We were part of a group going to the football game and if you go for that, leave the bus to pick you up after the game and just walk to the stadium - there are so many buses that the walkers get there much faster than the buses! We didn't know and rode the bus part way before we got off and walked the rest of the way in (an easy walk). People who walked from the parade beat us easily into the stadium. This was the 125th anniversary of the Parade, and the 100th anniversary of the Rose Bowl - definitely something everyone should do!

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Livermore, California
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“First time at the Rose Parade!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

What a great experiences this was. We booked a tour through AAA Sojourns, that included hotel, airport transportation, tickets to the Rose Parade, a trip to the Ronald Reagan Museum and a visit to the Endeavor space shuttle.

The whole operation was first class. Over 3 1/2 days we were treated to a first-class experience. When we arrived at the airport, we were intercepted by an agent for AAA Sojourns, who grabbed our bag off the carousel took them out to the curb and then called up a private car waiting for us similarly, on the way back, we had a private car deliver us to the airport.

We were taken to the Long Beach Westin. There we were met by more reps of AAA, who gave us our credentials, a few brochures and pointed out things we might want to do that day, since our evening was free. We chose to visit the Queen Mary, docked at Long Beach Harbor. That's another story. The reps were very friendly and helpful.

The next day, we got up early, had breakfast, and boarded a bus on the way out to the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. A very interesting place. Can't go into a lot of detail here, but it's well worth anyone's time to visit this place. AAA also provided lunch at the library, underneath Air Force One. Then we were off to visit the Endeavor space shuttle.

It's located in a building at the USC campus. Without going into a lot of detail here, this too, is well worth seeing. An unbelievable sight.

That evening was New Year's Eve and AAA and put together a party based on New York time, because we had to get up early early the next day to go to the Rose Parade. Great food, a DJ and dancing and a glass of wine or two. A good time had by all

The next morning were up for a quick breakfast and then on board the coach at 5:30 AM, on our way to the Rose Parade. It took about 45 minutes to arrive in Pasadena and our parking was right near the parade route itself and the bleachers. A short walk and we found our bleachers and sat down. What great seats! We had a birds eye view of the parade. It's one thing to see the parade on TV and something very special to see in person. The two-hour parade was over in a heartbeat and it left us wanting for more. I specially like the high school bands that came in to perform from all over the world.

After that, we were quickly whisked off to lunch and then back to the Victory Park area where the floats were on display. We took our time and visited each float, one by one, taking lots of pictures. What a great experience.

The next morning we got up and had breakfast, checked out of the hotel and got right into a private car waiting to take us back to the airport.

This whole experience was not only fun and entertaining, but seamless. There's nothing that we, as travelers, and are concerned with. AAA had done a great job. Special thanks to our designated tour guide, Melissa. She was great. She was born to be a tour guide.

I would highly recommend this tour package to anyone, without reservation. And, my wife and I plan to do this again. Happy New Year!

Visited January 2014
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Windsor
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“Childhood dream”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

The 125th Rose Parade. LOVED IT! Enjoyed everything about it! Best thing was seeing the floats as they were being covered with the flowers. Next best thing was seeing all the dedicated volunteers who work long, hard hours to make the parade great.

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Newhall, California
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Everyone should see this parade at least once. You will need to plan well ahead as many Pasadena streets are closed or changed to one direction. Be patient - the traffic does move. We watched the actual parade from the Melting Pot located on Colorado Blvd. Our party had the luxury of food and beverage to add to the experience. If this is the viewing you choose - remember you are looking down on the parade but the plus is that you can see so much more detail on the higher features. After the parade the floats are parked off of Washington Blvd where you can see them up close and spend all the time you need to examine each detail. There is a fee for this venue but well worth it. The event is the direct result of a lot of volunteer hours which makes it even more remarkable.

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Navarre, Florida
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“GO”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We went as part of an RV group. We stayed in Valencia and were bussed in for pre-parade events. We went to the Equifest, Band Fest, Float decorating, the parade, and post parade float viewing. Well worth it as all tickets were bought in advance by leaders who had been at previous Rose parade events. Many times we had to get up at crack of dawn however getting to events early and standing in line appeared to be a smart move when the gates opened and the lines were long.

Best fun was spending a morning cutting flowers, etc that would later be placed on two of the floats. We volunteered with the AES float company however as noted in a previous review there are others to volunteer with as well. Kind of peronalize the parade when you see your float go by. Very worth while and wouldn't mind doing it again but giving more time.

Attending one of the band fest days is also a good opportunity to see the full band. The parade has mainly the marching band wheras at the band fest you'll get to see some of the band's in full ensemble.

Post parade float viewing is again worthwhile. Viewing from the stands is good but walking past and getting up close you really get a real appreciation for all the work that has gone into them. There were individual's there who could answer most quetions about a given float. Gates open at 1:00 pm. Getting advance tickets will save standing in line to purchase them once you're allowed to enater. There are food booths and of course, souvenier booths.

Agree with comment on stands. We were in section 316 which was closer to beginning. If we in the States learned how to que getting in and out would go smoothly..but we don't so be prepared for many people from two sides coming into one exit point.

Would we do this again..definitely!!!

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