The Rose Parade in Pasadena, California was a bucket list item for me and I’m so glad this was the year I was able to attend! We purchased incredibly close bleacher seating through sharpseating.com. Our seats were 9 rows off the street level and about a mile from the start of the parade. We also purchased parking to make sure we had a space that was near our seating. We got a voucher for a free Rose Parade program which we received the day of the parade from vendors selling all over the parade route.
My family stayed in Glendale so we were up bright and early to get on the road to beat the traffic. Who knew we would sit on the freeway for over an hour before we could inch our way to the parking area!
Once we got parked we had to bundle up because it was about 50 degrees before the sun rose. We also brought stadium seats which was a great idea for sitting for over two hours on bleachers. Note: drink as little as possible before and during the parade, the portable toilet lines are very long. There are also vendors selling Rose Parade and Rose Bowl pennants, scarves and various other items. One person told us they waited in line over an hour at Starbucks. Also, depending on which side of the street you sit, you may need sunscreen and sunglasses because once the sun rises, it gets warm.
The parade kicked off with a fly over by the Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, incredible because it makes no sound.
The parade was unforgettable. Our experience was a great one. Phoenix Decorating Company appeared to be the creator of most of the floats in the parade. Check them out at phoenixdeco.com We have so many more photos that we shared on our Facebook page under the album titled Rose Parade. Link to it by clicking here.
There is lots of information about the parade in this article. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.pasadenastarnews.com/2015/12/13/how-much-does-a-rose-parade-float-cost/amp/
Bobbie’s sources our flowers from the growers that provide flowers for the parade. Watch for more about our growers in a future blog post.