The 125th Tournament of Roses Parade kicks off Wednesday at 8 a.m. as Pasadena celebrates 2014.
The theme of this year's parade is “Dreams Come True,” and famed Dodgers play-by-play broadcaster Vin Scully will be the grand marshal. At 2 p.m., Stanford will take on Michigan State in the 100th Rose Bowl game.
Pasadena police and fire officials said they are stepping up security for the annual parade and football game in the wake of national tragedies like the Boston Marathon bombing.
The Pasadena Police Department said it will use police dogs and undercover officers, and it has received permission from business owners to access surveillance security cameras, all in an effort to ensure the safety of the estimated 800,000 people who are expected to descend on the city on New Year's Day.
Ana Marie Acosta, 17, of Altadena was named the 96th Rose Queen and will greet crowds with the six Rose princesses.
Floats will be on display for public viewing along Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards after the parade on Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m., and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is $10, free for children 5 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the venue until 3 p.m. each day.