• A float at the beginning of a parade

      Rose Parade, 2022 (Photo – Deborah P Kolodji)

      As the 134th Rose Parade® presented by Honda approaches on Monday, January 2, 2023, Pasadena’s fire and police departments are issuing the following safety tips for the thousands of overnight campers who will line the route on Sunday, January 1.

      By News Desk

      What You Can Do:

      • Right now, protect yourself and others by getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and flu (recommended at least two weeks in advance of parade day).
      • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is strongly suggested, if you’re unable to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from people you don’t live with.
      • Overnight camping is permitted only on the night of January 1, 2023.
      • A position on the sidewalk may be maintained along the parade route beginning at noon on Jan. 1. All persons and property, such as blankets, chairs and personal items, must remain on the curb until 11:00 pm At that time, spectators may move out to the blue “Honor Line” but not past it.
      • Small, professionally-manufactured barbecues elevated at least 1 foot off the ground are allowed on the parade route as long as they are 25 feet from buildings and other combustibles. A fire extinguisher must be readily available.
      • Minors under the age of 18 may be on the parade route from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am only if they are supervised by an adult.
      • Dress for cold weather! Children and seniors may need extra layers of clothing to avoid hypothermia. Remember hats and gloves.
      • Drink healthy fluids and consume nourishing meals to avoid dehydration.
      • “If You See Something, Say Something®.” Report suspicious activities and packages to emergency authorities along the parade route.
      • In case of emergency, call 9-1-1 and know the names of the cross streets from where you are calling. For non-emergencies, call (626)-744-4241.

      What You Can’t Do:

      • During the parade, stay off the street and do not pass the blue “Honor Line.” Appearance in the parade is prohibited for any entries/marchers who have not been approved by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.
      • Tents, sofas, and boxes of any type that can be used as stools or seats are prohibited along the route.
      • Unoccupied chairs are not allowed and will be removed from the parade route.
      • Bonfires are strictly prohibited and considered “illegal burns.”
      • ALL fireworks are prohibited except as part of official scheduled events.
      • No items may be sold along the parade route without a City permit. Selling space along the parade route, other than grandstand seating, is illegal. It is illegal to buy, sell or give away horns on the parade route.
      • No public areas—sidewalks, curbs, gutters, streets or ramps—may be blocked or roped off.
      • No ladders or scaffolding may be used as elevation for viewing the activities.
      • Pets are not recommended along the parade; keep them safe at home!
      • The throwing of any objects into the roadway or parade route, including seemingly harmless items such as tortillas, marshmallows or flowers, is prohibited.
      • Throwing any object into the parade—or at passing vehicles or pedestrians the night before the parade—is dangerous and prohibited. Violators will be cited and their property will be seized.
      • Unauthorized vehicles obstructing emergency travel lanes or parked in restricted areas will be towed at owners’ expense. No exceptions.
      • Open containers of alcohol are illegal on public streets, sidewalks and all other public areas. Violators will be cited or arrested.
      • No drones.  A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) will be in place for both the parade and Rose Bowl Game. Anyone who attempts to fly a drone will be subject to fine, arrest and/or imprisonment. Information about the TFR and all federal drone regulations can be found on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) website.

      The Pasadena Fire Department responds to more than twice the number of calls on parade day than any other day. These calls include reports of hypothermia, illegal burning, miscellaneous medical issues, assaults and alcohol-related incidents. Be safe and smart!

      For your safety and for the safety of others, please remember the City’s no-smoking policies prohibit smoking in outdoor public gathering events/special events/parades/fairs. This policy includes the use of cannabis and vaping devices (aka e-cigarettes). The public is advised to NOT use any vaping products.

      Enhanced security measures will be in effect on the parade route. Pasadena police officers will resolve problems quickly and remove anyone from the scene who violates the law or disturbs the peace. Police canine teams will also be patrolling Colorado Boulevard. “If You See Something, Say Something®.”

      Colorado Boulevard will once again close to motor vehicles. For the staging of the Rose Parade, Colorado Boulevard will close beginning at 10:00 pm on Sunday, January 1. It will remain closed through the conclusion of the staging and clean-up following the parade. View the Public Access Map. If you plan to host a viewing party or other New Year’s Eve event or anticipate vendor deliveries and your property’s access is via Colorado Boulevard, please let your guests and vendors know that they must arrive before 10:00 pm or park in areas without restricted parking and walk in. The parade route will reopen by 2:00 pm on Monday, January 2.

      New for 2023 is an interactive public access map with information on road closures, parking restrictions and detour routes during New Year’s activities.

      People lining up on street waiting for floats

      Rose Parade (File Photo – Deborah PKolodi)

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      1. Jerry Friedman says:

        Seems like many new rules and other changes. It’ll be interesting to see how policies materialize in practice. No unattended chairs? No roped off areas? No boxes doubling as stools!? NO HORN SALES. Tickets for tortilla terrorists…
        Aspirational at best.

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