128th Tournament of Roses Parade Order of March

by Laura Berthold Monteros

The 128th Rose Parade takes place on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 in Pasadena, Calif. and features spectacular marching bands, costumed equestrians, and of course, flower-covered floats. There are nearly 100 entries for the 2017 parade.

The Order of March is a bit unusual. The Tournament of Roses President, Brad Ratliff, appears rather late in the parade at No. 65, just ahead of his hometown float, La Cañada Flintridge. Like 2014 Pres. Scott Jenkins, he’ll be in a wagon pulled by equines. Speaking of equines, it is rare for two equestrian units to be placed back-to-back in the Rose Parade, but the Union Rescue Mission and Philippine Scouts are this year at Nos. 77 and 78. The LAUSD All District High School Honor Band is paired with the National Hockey League float, probably hoping for another Stanley Cup win by the LA Kings.

Tournament block:

Entries No. 33 through 48 all have a strong Tournament of Roses connection and lots of star power. It’s the largest block of Tournament-related entries we’ve seen. The City of Los Angeles float, which is the longest-standing Rose Parade float entry, drums up interest in hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics. It’s followed by the three Grand Marshals, all award-winning Olympians, and includes the 2018 Queen and Court, 2017 Rose Bowl Game Hall of Fame inductees, Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, Rose Parade founders Valley Hunt Club, and retiring Tournament of Roses Executive Director/CEO William B. Flinn. Flinn, the conductor of The Salvation Army’s Pasadena Tabernacle Band, is followed by The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band, one of three bands guaranteed a Rose Parade slot. Floats are presenting sponsors Miracle-Gro (post-parade Showcase of Floats) and Northwestern Mutual (Rose Bowl Game), and the two Rose Bowl Game teams. The PCC Herald Trumpets and Tournament of Roses Honor Band, and the two Rose Bowl university bands provide music.

Order of March

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Equestfest cancelled due to equine herpes virus at LA Equestrian Center

Wells Fargo at the 2011 Equestfest at Los Angeles Equestrian Center. Photo c.2011 LBM
Wells Fargo at the 2011 Equestfest at Los Angeles Equestrian Center. Photo c.2011 LBM

The popular Equestfest event, which has been held for 17 years at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, has been cancelled by the Tournament of Roses due to an outbreak of equine herpes virus at the venue, TheRoseExaminer learned this morning. The event, which would have featured equestrian units that will appear in the 2017 Rose Parade, was scheduled for Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. Sharp Seating, which sells tickets for the event, has taken down the link.

The Tournament of Roses released the following statement:

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses has been monitoring recent instances of Equine Herpes virus cases in Los Angeles County. As the virus could potentially affect the safety and wellbeing of the equine participants at the 2016 Equestfest event, that event scheduled to be held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center has been canceled.

We are committed to ensuring the safety of all Rose Parade participants, including all Equestfest equestrian unit participants and their animals. We are working with appropriate governmental officials and the Associations veterinary consultant to insure the well-being of the animals participating in the 2017 Rose Parade. Additional safeguards and protocols will be adopted to ensure a safe environment. It is anticipated that all equestrian entries scheduled to participate in the 2017 Rose Parade will do so.

2016 Equestfest tickets purchased through Sharp Seating will be fully refunded to the purchaser with no action needed by ticket holders. There is no need to return tickets to the point of sale.

Jason Henry of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune wrote an excellent article on the cancellation. It includes an interview with Equestrian Committee Chair Craig Washington and an explanation of equine herpes virus.

2017 Tournament of Roses

Courtesy of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses
Courtesy Pasadena Tournament of Roses

“ECHOES OF SUCCESS”

The 128th Tournament of Roses in photos

With more than a week of activity surrounding the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game, the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena is filled with pageantry, sport, family-friendly activities and memory-making events.  On Jan, 2, 2017, a volunteer organization of 935 members puts on “America’s New Year Celebration.”

The 128th Rose Parade features 21 bands from all over the world, 20 equestrian groups, and around 45 flower-covered floats echoing the theme “Echoes of Success.” The 103rd Rose Bowl Game pits the top teams from the Big Ten and the Pac-12 in the traditional rivalry of the oldest post-season collegiate bowl game.  In addition, visitors can attend Bandfest, Equestfest, Decorating Places, and Showcase of Floats.

Read all about it by clicking on the links below, which contain information about the events and people involved as well as tips on attending the events and getting around.  The list will be updated as articles are posted.  Be sure to bookmark this page and return to it frequently!

 

 

General Information

INSIDER’S GUIDE TO THE ROSE PARADE AND EVENTS

128th TOURNAMENT OF ROSES CALENDAR LISTING

2017 Tournament of Roses Visitor Hotline

Never on Sunday for the Tournament of Roses

There is no such thing as the Rose BOWL Parade!

Will it rain on my Rose Parade? The rules: No Sundays, water themes, or Supreme Court Justices equals no rain

What’s in a nickname? How Pasadena California is known to locals and the world

Tournament of Roses News & Events

Make a real difference with Real Change meters

Rose Parade: Information, floats, marching bands, and equestrians

The 2017 Royal Court: Articles & albums about the Tournament of Roses Royal Court

Rose Bowl Game: Information, events, people

Special Events

Rose Parade event tickets for Bandfest, Equestfest, Decorating Places, Showcase of Floats

Live on Green is back! with the USAF, LA Rams, fun, and entertainment

Live on Green celebrated USAF and the Rose Parade (photos)

Celebrities & Sponsors

Brad Ratliff, Tournament of Roses 2017 president, shares the echoes of his success

Pres. Brad Ratliff will ride with the Borax 20 Mule Team

Twenty Mule Team brings back Death Valley Days

Greg Louganis, Janet Evans, Allyson Felix  are 2017 Rose Parade Grand Marshals

Grand Marshals Evans, Louganis, and Felix try out their Rose Parade rides
Los Angeles and Grand Marshals make a rosy bid for the 2024 Olympics at the Rose Parade (photos)

Tournament of Roses celebrities and Salvation Army Band in 2017 Rose Parade

Giti sweepstakes (on Facebook)

David Eads of LA Chamber announced as new Executive Director/CEO of  Pasadena Tournament of Roses

Helpful Links

Tournament of Roses

Tournament of Roses Parade Day Guide

Visit Pasadena Rose Parade spectator guide

Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau

Rose Bowl Stadium

Visit Pasadena Rose Bowl Game spectator guide

Rose Parade official tours at PrimeSport

Rose Bowl Game official tours at PrimeSport

 

 

128th TOURNAMENT OF ROSES CALENDAR LISTING

For inside tips on how to get the most out  of your time at the Tournament of Roses, read “Insider’s Guide to the Rose Parade and Events.”

THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 2016

Decorating Places presented by Giti Tire, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., $10 per person (age 5 and under free) for all three locations: Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco St., Brookside Pavilion, Lot I south of the Rose Bowl, and Rose Palace, 835 S. Raymond Ave. Tickets are sold onsite or online from Sharp Seating, (626) 795-4171.

Expo Village, Lot I in Brookside Park, runs concurrently with float viewing. Food, exhibits, souvenirs.

FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 2016

Decorating Places presented by Giti Tire, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., $10 per person (age 5 and under free) for all three locations: Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco St., Brookside Pavilion, Lot I south of the Rose Bowl, and Rose Palace, 835 S. Raymond Ave.

Expo Village, Lot I in Brookside Park, runs concurrently with float viewing. Food, exhibits, souvenirs.

Live on Green, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., free at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St. Activities for the family, exhibits and displays, food and music, and free shuttles to Decorating Places in the Rose Bowl area.

Equestfest, $15 per person (age 5 and under free), 10 a.m. at Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Dr., Burbank. A VIP package is available for $40. Parking $10, paid at the site. Tickets are sold onsite or online from Sharp Seating, (626) 795-4171. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Bandfest, Show 1, $15 per person (age 5 and under free), 1 p.m. on Robinson Field at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. Parking is free. Tickets are sold onsite or online from Sharp Seating, (626) 795-4171.

SATURDAY, DEC. 31, 2016

Decorating Places presented by Giti Tire, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., $10 per person (age 5 and under free) for all three locations: Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco St., Brookside Pavilion, Lot I south of the Rose Bowl, and Rose Palace, 835 S. Raymond Ave.

Expo Village, Lot I in Brookside Park, runs concurrently with float viewing. Food, exhibits, souvenirs.

Live on Green, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., free at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St. Activities for the family, exhibits and displays, food and music, and free shuttles to Decorating Places in the Rose Bowl area.

Bandfest, Show 2, $15 per person (age 5 and under free), 9 a.m. on Robinson Field at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. Parking is free.

Bandfest, Show 3, $15 per person (age 5 and under free), 1:30 p.m. on Robinson Field at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. Parking is free.

SUNDAY, JAN. 1, 2017

Decorating Places presented by Giti Tire, $15 per person (age 5 and under free), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rose Palace, 835 S. Raymond Ave.

Live on Green, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., free at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St. Activities for the family, exhibits and displays, food and music, and free shuttles to Decorating Places in the Rose Bowl area.

Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, $40 for reserved seating with lunch & $10 general admission, noon at Rose Bowl Stadium Lot K tent. A food truck will be onsite. Limited tickets available from Sharp Seating, (626) 795-4171.

MONDAY, JAN. 2, 2017

128th Tournament of Roses Parade, promptly at 8 a.m., Colorado Blvd. between Orange Grove and Sierra Madre. Purchase grandstand seats online or by calling Sharp Seating, (626) 795-4171 or Pasadena Presbyterian Church, which also serves a continental breakfast and has indoor restrooms, (626) 793-2191.

Rose Bowl Game Public Tailgate Party, free, beginning at 8 a.m. in Lot H of the Rose Bowl. Food available for purchase, displays, entertainment. Contact the Rose Bowl Stadium, (626) 577-3100, for more information.

Showcase of Floats presented by Miracle-Gro including Park-N-Ride fare, $13 per person (age 5 and under free), 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards by Victory Park. Free street parking or paid in local lots. Park-N-Ride shuttles are available at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. Tickets are sold onsite or online from Sharp Seating, (626) 795-4171.

103rd Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual, 1:30 p.m. at the Rose Bowl. Television coverage on ESPN and ESPN Deportes; radio broadcast on ESPN Radio and XM Satellite Radio. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and PrimeSport. More information here.

TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2017

Showcase of Floats presented by Miracle-Gro including Park-N-Ride fare, $13 per person (age 5 and under free), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards by Victory Park. Seniors and handicapped may enter at 7 a.m. Free street parking or paid in local lots. Park-N-Ride shuttles are available at the Rose Bowl and Pasadena City College.

INSIDER’S GUIDE TO THE ROSE PARADE AND EVENTS

How to do the Rose Parade without stressing out

by Laura Berthold Monteros

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There’s nothing quite like watching the Tournament of Roses Parade in person, seeing  the colors and textures on the floats as they skim along before your eyes, hearing the best high school bands in the country, and seeing the pageantry of costumed equestrians as they ride past.  The excitement of the crowd and the joy of parade participants are best experienced first-hand. But…how? This brief guide has tips that will help you plan ahead and have a glorious time at an event that has been going since 1890.

“America’s New Year Celebration” is not limited to one day.  It goes on for nearly a week to provide visitors with more than enough to do, see, and eat.  In addition to the Rose Parade, visitors can view the floats in the days before the parade as they are being decorated and at the post-parade Showcase of Floats.  The weekend before the parade is filled with Bandfest and Equestfest, opportunities to see the musical groups and equestrians display their skills.

We’ve posted a complete calendar of events with dates, times, venues, ticketing, and costs on this site. The Insider’s Guide will give you the nuts and bolts on how to take it all in. All events are family-friendly.

Where to get personalized information

The Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau operates a Tournament of Roses Hotline at (877) 793-9911 from a few days before the Rose Parade until the last event closes down. If you’re lucky, one of the members of the Royal Court might pick up the phone! The website posts maps and a smart phone app to download that gives you access to information about Pasadena dining and attractions. For access issues, contact  Robert Gorski, Accessibility Issues Coordinator, City of Pasadena at (626)744-4785 or rgorski@cityofpasadena.net. The Official Digital Rose Parade Program app includes photos, videos, and trivia. It can be downloaded to phones and tablets from the app stores.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR MODERN TIMES

Drones are prohibited at both the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. Umbrellas and selfie sticks also are not allowed inside the stadium or within the secured grandstand area of the parade at TV Corner at the intersection of Orange Grove Boulevard and Colorado Boulevard.

PLAN AHEAD FOR A PERFECT DAY—OR WEEK

These tips will help you get the most out of your Tournament of Roses experience. There are some specific how-tos for various events, which are noted for each one. Continue reading “INSIDER’S GUIDE TO THE ROSE PARADE AND EVENTS”

Rose Parade tickets and parking for 2017 Tournament of Roses

Rose phone tixby Laura Berthold Monteros

The theme of the 128th Tournament of Roses Parade is “Echoes of Success,” which could be a reminder that to be successful in getting there, parade-goers should mark their calendars for Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.  Everyone knows that “America’s New Year Celebration” is held on Jan. 1, right?  Usually, but not when the date falls on a Sunday. Nothing to worry about, though, because Sharp Seating Company has the same great seats for sale.

The official grandstand seating provider for the Rose Parade, Sharp sells tickets in person, over the phone at (626) 795-4171, or online for the parade, parking, and other events. The sales office is located at 737 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; enter from the rear parking lot off Meridith Ave.  Grandstand seats and parking are also available beginning in the fall at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, on the northwest corner of Colorado Blvd. and Madison Ave., (626) 793-2191, ext. 353.

Prices at Sharp Seating range from $48 to $95, depending on the location on the route. Seats on the north and west, or “off-camera,” sides of the route are generally less expensive.  Sharp now divides the Rose Parade route into five sections:

  • Area One (between the start on S. Orange Grove and Colorado Blvd. at Fair Oaks), $85-$95. This is the prime location where media are stationed and within walking distance of the Rose Bowl.  Please note that the $85 seats are along the formation area on Orange Grove.  Some of the groups may not be performing in that section, but people seated in the grandstands will see all the entries.
  • Area Two (on Colorado Blvd. between Fair Oaks and Lake Avenues), $68.  Guests may also preorder a pancake breakfast for $8 from First United Methodist Church on the Sharp website.
  • Area Three (on Colorado Blvd. between Lake and Hill Avenues), $58-$68
  • Area Four (on Colorado Blvd. between Hill and Allen Avenues), $50-$68
  • Area Five (on Colorado Blvd. between Allen Ave. and Sierra Madre Blvd.), $50-$68

Portable restrooms for Sharp patrons are located behind the grandstands.  Pasadena Presbyterian offers indoor restrooms and a continental breakfast is included in the price.  Rose Parade programs can be ordered in advance from Sharp Seating, the Pasadena Museum of History gift shop and the Tournament of Roses, or picked up onsite from Pasadena Presbyterian Church and various supermarkets and drugstores in the Pasadena and Altadena area a few weeks before the parade.

Parking

Both Sharp Seating and Pasadena Presbyterian Church sell reserved parking, as well as Easy Parking Service (626) 286-7576 and the City of Pasadena (626) 744-6470.  Easy Parking Service provides free shuttles to the Rose Bowl from the parking lot.  Overnight RV parking is also available.  Closer to parade time, some merchants list parking on Craigslist.

Rose Parade event tickets for Bandfest, Equestfest, Decorating Places, Showcase of Floats

Bandfest 2013; copyright Laura B Monteros
Bandfest 2013; copyright Laura B Monteros

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Visitors and Pasadena locals can celebrate the 128th Rose Parade “Echoes of Success” for an entire week. Pre-parade float viewing, field shows featuring the marching bands, an arena show with equestrians, and post-parade float viewing offer something for everyone.  Just remember that the dates are a bit different for the 2017 parade, because the “never on Sunday rule” applies and the Rose Parade will step off on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.

Sharp Seating Company is the official ticket vendor for these events.  Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone at (626) 795-4171 and in person at 737 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (enter in the rear parking lot off Meridith Ave.).  Children ages five and under are free at all events except Equestfest VIP seating.  Tickets are also available at the venues, but some events sell out ahead of time.

Decorating Places (pre-parade float viewing) sponsored by Giti Tires, Dec. 28, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017, $5 to $15
Deco Week is second only the Rose Parade in the excitement it generates in Pasadena.  Floats in the final stages of decoration are on view in three locations for visitors to see how thousands of volunteers hustle to get every last seed or flower on the floats in preparation for final judging.  The ticket price depends on the day of attendance, and provides entry to all three locations.  Times vary by day and location; check the website for details. Continue reading “Rose Parade event tickets for Bandfest, Equestfest, Decorating Places, Showcase of Floats”

2017 Rose Parade equestrian line up announced

 

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Medieval Times at 2016 Rose Parade. copyright Ramona Monteros.
Medieval Times at 2016 Rose Parade. Copyright Ramona Monteros.

The 20 equestrian groups that will participate in the 128th Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 2, 2017 were announced today. There are some old favorites, some newcomers, and some returning groups. Missing after 68 years of riding down Colorado Blvd. is the Long Beach Mounted Police, but the Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society, which last rode in the 2015 Rose Parade, is back. The eight new groups in the list are marked with a .

Equestrians are chosen to showcase different breeds, costumes, and tack as well as for their ability to entertain the crowds along the parade route.  All riders must have previous parade experience.  The units are invited to participate in Equestfest presented by Wells Fargo on Dec. 29, 2015 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.  Equestfest is an opportunity for groups to show off their riding, roping and shooting skills.  The stables are open for visitors. Sharp Seating has tickets available on their website. Continue reading “2017 Rose Parade equestrian line up announced”