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Rose Parade 2020: TV, parking, transit and what to know if you go

A 2019 Rose Parade float
A float at the 2019 Rose Parade.
(Mark Boster / For The Times)

One hundred years ago, this is what the Rose Parade looked like:

The 1920 Rose Parade
The 1920 Rose Parade.
(Los Angeles Times)

Some things have changed a bit in the last century — like fewer horse-drawn carriages — but not the most important details. Now in its 131st year, the Rose Parade will roll through Pasadena with flower-decked floats, equestrian units and marching bands to mark the start of the New Year ahead of the Rose Bowl.

Here’s what you need to know.

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Time and location

The Rose Parade rolls on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at 8 a.m. starting from the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard. For most of the 5.5-mile route, the floats will travel along Colorado Boulevard, where thousands of spectators will be stationed for the best views.

Public transportation, parking and road closures

The Gold Line has several stops near the parade route: Del Mar, Memorial Park, Lake and Allen stations. Umbrellas, chairs and coolers will not be permitted on the trains. Roundtrip fare is $3.50.

Overnight street parking begins at noon on Dec. 31, for that evening only. No parking is allowed along the route. Paid parking is available at lots and structures near the route.

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Starting Tuesday night, several streets in the Pasadena area will be closed. The California Department of Transportation will also close or restrict off-ramps and on-ramps of the 710, 210, 134 and 110 freeways.

Weather

Skies should be clear and mostly sunny. New Year’s Day may start off chilly, but temperatures are expected to reach the mid-60s by the afternoon. A winter storm predicted to bring rain and snow on Monday has mostly stayed over the ocean.

Costs

Curbside, it’s first-come, first-served to grab a spot to watch the parade. The die-hard fans will have camped out overnight for a front-row seat.

Grandstand seating is available through Dec. 31. Tickets range from $60 to $110 and can be purchased from sharpseating.com.

Safety

Officers from the Pasadena Police Department — and their canine units — will be out in full force to manage public safety during the parade.

Overnight camping is only permitted on the night of Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Tents, sofas, boxes, unoccupied seats, ladders and scaffolding are not allowed along the parade route. Bonfires are strictly prohibited and considered “illegal burns,” punishable by a fine and/or jail time. Fireworks are also banned.

For up-to-date text message alerts from public safety officials, text ROSEPARADE to 888777.

Channels

If you decide to skip the crowds and watch the parade from the comfort of your home, these channels will have a live broadcast beginning at 8 a.m. PST:

  • ABC-7
  • KTLA-5
  • NBC-4
  • Univision
  • The Hallmark Channel

Funny or Die’s “Rose Parade Live With Cord & Tish,” will apparently not be streaming this year. It’s a blow for all those who love Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon’s satirical take on live parade coverage — and the reactions from Twitter users who aren’t in on the joke.

Grand marshal and theme

This year, there are three Rose Parade grand marshals: Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez, actress Gina Torres and performer Rita Moreno.

Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno.
(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Moreno is distinguished for being one of a handful of people who have achieved an EGOT: She has won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.

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The parade’s theme this year is “The Power of Hope.”


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