Here Comes The Rose Parade! Road Closures and Tips for The Big Day

Road Closures in Effect at 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 at Rose Parade

PHOTO: courtesy of Tournament of Roses | SouthPasadenan

The following are few tips to know for those attending theNew Year’s Day Spectacular

Those lucky enough to get a spot along the Rose Parade route are treated to a two-hour parade of magnificent floral floats, talented marching bands, and high-stepping equestrians.

The 5 1/2-mile Rose Parade route begins at the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena. The parade travels north on Orange Grove at a leisurely 2 1/2-mile per hour pace and then turns east onto Colorado Boulevard, where the majority of the parade viewing takes place. Near the end of the route, the parade turns north onto Sierra Madre Boulevard and concludes at Villa Street.

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PHOTO: courtesy of Tournament of Roses |


The Pasadena Police Department, supported by the Tournament of Roses Association and City Officials, will be closing the 2018 Rose Parade route early this year to vehicular traffic to enhance public safety measures. Route closures will take effect beginning at 10 p.m., Sunday, December 31 until 2 p.m., Monday, January 1, 2018, along Colorado Boulevard, from Orange Grove Boulevard, to Sierra Madre Boulevard, and northbound on Sierra Madre to Paloma Street.

The Pasadena Police and Transportation Departments have identified several streets that will remain open for north and southbound vehicular traffic from December 31, 2017 at 10 p.m. until January 1, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

PHOTO: courtesy of Tournament of Roses |


Please note that on January 1 prior to the start of the Rose Parade, the foot traffic flow on Orange Grove Blvd. between Colorado Blvd. and Green St. will be closed due to parade activities.

If your seats are located on Orange Grove Blvd. between Colorado Blvd. and Green St., within the boundaries of the Tournament of Roses® security zone, you will need to have your ticket to gain access to this area. It is imperative that you arrive at your parade seat within this location by 6:30 a.m. on January 1. Your ticket or valid credential must be displayed to any usher, public safety personnel or any authorized representative of the Tournament of Roses upon demand. All patrons are subject to search. Objects that may block the view or interfere with other patrons, or that may potentially pose a threat to safety, are prohibited.


As part of ongoing efforts to provide a safe environment in which to enjoy its many events, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® has partnered with the City of Pasadena and the Pasadena Police Department in “See Something, Say Something™,” a nationwide campaign to raise the public’s awareness of indicators of terrorism and to emphasize the need to report suspicious behavior promptly to the proper law enforcement authorities.

If you witness a crime in progress or other emergencies, call 9-1-1. For non-emergency matters, including activity that you believe to be suspicious, call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241. You can also report criminal activity to CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 222-8477 or online at (Be sure to reference Pasadena if you use this method.)