Tournament of Roses Parade Floats

(this is us visiting the floats in 2010. note the flip flops. last year the temperature was in the high 70’s and i was 5 months pregnant. wow….a lot has changed since then)

visiting the floats after the Tournament of Roses Parade has become such a fun activity for our family. last year we had a blast. i was actually surprised that the kiddies enjoyed it as much as they did. and they even remembered last years “adventure” because this morning they came running in and turned the parade on in our room. they have been asking if we were going this year to see the floats.

so if you have some time this weekend, try going up to Pasadena and checking out the parade floats. one of the best things about seeing them in person is the beautiful flowers. and you usually get fantastic pictures because the colors and details are amazing in person. so don’t forget your camera.
here are the details:

January 1, 2010
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

January 2, 2010
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.*
*early admission for senior citizens and disabled visitors from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00a.m.

End of Parade route on Sierra Madre Blvd.

Street parking near the event is limited.
click here for Park & Ride shuttle locations if you want to avoid finding parking.

$10, free for children five and under
(wow….it’s getting expensive!)
*Ticket sales end at 3:00 p.m.; venue closes at 5:00 p.m.
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.

wear tennis shoes, you will be walking and might have to park far.
bring some water or box drinks (my kids are always thirsty)
bring your camera
strollers are a good thing for kids who don’t like to walk far.
plan to get there by 2:00 p.m., the ticket booths close at 3:00 p.m. (we had this experience last year, and half of us didn’t get tickets in time. i may tell you sometime how we all finally got in, but i do feel a bit guilty.)
carpool if you can, the less cars your group comes in the better because of limited parking.
study a map to get familiar with the area…this will help you find closer parking and figure your route to the float area.
and most of all, use this time to enjoy the beginning of the new year! these are memories your kiddies will carry throughout there lives.
click here for more information on visiting the Tournament of Roses Parade floats.


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