As the 131st Rose Parade presented by Honda approaches on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, Pasadena’s Fire and Police Departments are issuing the following safety tips for the thousands of overnight campers who will line the route on New Year’s Eve. The parade route will be a safer place if everyone follows these rules and regulations:
What You Can Do:
- Overnight camping is permitted only on the night of Tuesday, Dec. 31.
- A position on the sidewalk may be maintained along the parade route beginning at noon, Dec. 31. All persons and property, such as blankets, chairs and personal items, must remain on the curb until 11 p.m. At that time, spectators may move out to the blue “Honor Line” but not passed 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 p.m. to 5 a.m. 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 cross streets from where you are calling. For non-emergencies, call (626) 744-4241.
What You Can’t Do:
- Appearance in the parade is prohibited for any entries/marchers who have not been approved by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. Stay off the street and do not pass the blue “honor line.”
- 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.
- 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.
For your safety and for the safety of others, remember the City’s no-smoking policies [Pasadena Municipal Code section 8.78.071 (A) 4] prohibits 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. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 2,142 lung injury cases associated with the use of vaping products, with 42 deaths in 24 states. To get help quitting, call 1-844-8-NO-VAPE or visit nobutts.org/quitvaping. To quit smoking cigarettes, call 1-800-NO-BUTTS.
Enhanced security measures will be in effect on the parade route. Pasadena police officers will remove anyone from the scene who violates the law or disturbs the peace. Police canine teams will also be patrolling Colorado Boulevard.
Colorado Boulevard will once again close to motor vehicles earlier than in prior years for the staging of the Rose Parade. Colorado Boulevard will close beginning at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 and will remain closed through the conclusion of the staging and clean-up following the parade. The parade route will re-open by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.
If you plan to host a New Year’s Eve event, viewing party, 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 p.m. or park in areas without restricted parking and walk in.
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.
The Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau will staff its special Visitor Hotline at (877) 793-9911 now until Dec. 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday; closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.