It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve watched on television, until you see the Tournament of Roses Parade in person, you haven’t really seen it. You have to be there to get the full impact of brightly-costumed equestrians, spectacular bands, and the amazing creativity and stunning beauty of the floats.
Visitors to Pasadena for the New Year’s celebration can stand for free on the street, but many choose to purchase reserved seats in the grandstands. Almost all the grandstands are operated by Sharp Seating, though there are some available from private vendors.
The Rose Parade presented by Honda is held on Monday, Jan. 2 this year, because of the “Never on Sunday” rule.
Pasadena Presbyterian Church, on the northwest corner of Colorado Blvd. and Madison Ave., offers tickets for $65 ($45 for clergy and active duty military). The price includes a continental breakfast and indoor restrooms. Programs are for sale on the patio for $10 each. The church accepts only cash or checks, and tickets may be purchased in person or through the mail. Details are available on the PPC website, or call (626) 793-2191, ext. 353.
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Prices at Sharp Seating range from $45 to $90, depending on the location on the route. Sharp is a family-owned business, not a broker, and sells tickets at face value without discounts or mark ups. Some tickets are available for sale online, but most must be purchased through the mail, over the phone, or at the ticket office. Details are on the website or by calling (626) 795-4171. Portable restrooms for Sharp patrons are located behind the grandstands.
Sharp divides the Rose Parade route into four sections. Area One, at the corner of Colorado Blvd. and Orange Grove Ave., is the prime location. It’s where the television cameras are posted and is within walking distance to the Rose Bowl.
Sharp Seating ticket prices in the four areas on are
- Area One (between the start on S. Orange Grove and Colorado Blvd. at Fair Oaks), $90
- Area Two (between Fair Oaks and Lake Avenues), $65
- Area Three (between Lake and Allen Avenues), $45-$65
- Area Four (between Allen and Grand Oaks Avenues), $45-$65
Though seats on the south and east sides of the route are generally considered to be better, seats on the north and west are slightly cheaper. This is because the “south” side of the floats face the television cameras and have often been more interesting. Float builders now try to make both sides of the float equally appealing, so no parade-goers should be disappointed.
The theme of the 123rd Rose Parade and 98th Rose Bowl Game is “Just Imagine…” The events take place on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 to avoid interfering with worship services on Sunday. The Tournament of Rosesis a celebration that lasts several weeks in the fall and winter, with the high points being the Rose Paradepresented by Honda and the Rose Bowl Gamepresented by VIZIO. Keep following your Tournament of Roses Examinerfor the latest news and for upcoming announcements.
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