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Old 12-29-2009, 10:26 PM
 
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I want to see the Rose Parade this year in person but I'm not sure the best way of going about it. I guess I just want to see it from the street but I don't know how early I need to get there to "reserve" a spot and I'm curious if I can take the gold line to get to the parade route.

Any suggestions welcome thankyou
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Old 12-29-2009, 10:52 PM
 
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People camp out over night to get prime street front seating along Colorado Blvd. What I have been doing recently is getting to the very end portion of the route at 6:30AM on New Years on the portion north of the 210 on Sierra Madre Blvd. There is almost always somewhere to find a seat close to the curb there if you get there from 6AM-7AM. The parade doesn't reach this portion of the parade route until about 9:30-10AM.

Metro Gold Line service will be operating every 20 minutes ALL NIGHT on New Year's Eve to New Year's Morning. Del Mar, Memorial, Lake, and Allen stations are within 2-4 blocks of the parade route along Colorado. If you want to get to Sierra Madre Blvd, the Sierra Madre Villa Station is .8 miles from the parade route so about a 15 minute walk.
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Old 12-29-2009, 11:20 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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the prime spots for the parade are taken the evening before as people will spend the night on the sidewalk, but as coo77 mentioned, you can get decent spots the morning of at the end of the route. i've never been, but i've heard it's definitely a party like atmosphere on the streets of colorado blvd. for those who do camp out.
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Old 12-30-2009, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Brin is right, there is a lot of activity and it is a party atmosphere. We used to do it all the time. I grew up within walking distance (long walk) from the starting point. I would suggest you consenstate on the end location of the parade. It usually isn't as busy...

Nita
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Old 12-30-2009, 12:13 PM
 
Location: LA
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I want to see the Rose Parade this year in person but I'm not sure the best way of going about it. I guess I just want to see it from the street but I don't know how early I need to get there to "reserve" a spot and I'm curious if I can take the gold line to get to the parade route.

Any suggestions welcome thankyou

You go to www.Sharpseating.com
They have done the seating for many years.

It is the best run parade on Earth.

The parade is broadcast around the world at exactly 8am on New Years Day so you simply must get to Pasadena at o'dark thirty.

Parking is scarce and driving is a madhouse. Plan on walking some. By now the seats far down the route may have availability.

If you have a pal over there you can camp overnight with, all the better.
Enjoy! It's worth it if you plan your logistics.
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:06 PM
 
Location: L.A./Pismo Beach
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I was there for the 1970 Rose Parade with a curbside seat right at Orange Grove and Colorado Blvd. But I was too drunk to remember most of the details. At least I wasn't driving...I think.
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Old 12-31-2009, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I was there for the 1970 Rose Parade with a curbside seat right at Orange Grove and Colorado Blvd. But I was too drunk to remember most of the details. At least I wasn't driving...I think.
now that you are a little older and maybe wiser (?) you can go back, be sober and enjoy....if you were driving you made it home safe and so did the others, Thank God....Boy have we all grown up.

I won't go there, but remember the days of too much to drink, too many parties and yes, driving...Today too much to drink? yep, on occassion, too many parties, not anymore and driving after drinking, not on your life or anyone else's for that matter...There is no place like home!!!! rxcept maybe a casino...

Nita
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Old 01-01-2010, 01:18 AM
 
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Okay well I'm going to take the metro light rails to Rose Parade this morning. I'll wake up at 3AM and travel inbetween 4-6AM(hopefully I don't get jumped on the blue line and then make it to the Sierra Madre stop by 6ishAM and then do the waiting game.

I'm going alone and bringing my camera so I think that's all I need!!!!! Wish me luck!!!!!!!
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:53 AM
 
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Hi guys, I am going to be going the parade this year with my family from costa rica. It will be 7 of us total. Do any of you think there will be parking near the end of the route?
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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Hi guys, I am going to be going the parade this year with my family from costa rica. It will be 7 of us total. Do any of you think there will be parking near the end of the route?
When bringing the family, do your diligence to anticipate what sort of weather you will be encountering. Big buzzkill if it rains and everyone's dressed to go to the beach. The kiddies and grandma =/= happy in such circumstances.

Parking is brutal, especially if you don't do it in the wee hours and camp, which the family probably wouldn't enjoy. Park a ways away and walk or take transit.
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