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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