Here is how to see the floats up close – Daily Bulletin

The floats that are part of the Tournament of Roses Parade are moving spectacles of color and creativity. Spectators can see them as they make their way along the 5.5-mile parade route, in-person or during the broadcast on television or online. There also are other ways to enjoy the floats – both before and after the parade. Here’s how:

Pre-parade decorating

The Rosemont Pavilion is where volunteers decorate multiple floats the last days of December. Visitors can walk through giant tents where the decorating process takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 29-31. Additional information on decorating locations, parking, public transit, along with ridesharing pickup and drop-off points is available at

Cost: $20, free for ages 5 and younger (must be purchased online)


Post-parade Floatfest

After the parade, visit Floatfest for a close-up look at the floats and the details that make each a one-of-a-kind creation. Floats will be parked along Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards for viewing from 1-5 p.m. Jan 2. A two-hour block – 7-9 a.m. Jan. 3 – has been reserved for seniors and those with disabilities. A second time for the general public happens Jan. 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, including tips for navigating the event, visit

Cost: $20, free for ages 5 and younger.

Ticket-buying tips: To avoid lines, purchase tickets online. Tickets also can be purchased at booths found at Park & Ride lots at Pasadena City College and Rose Bowl Stadium. Sales end at 3 p.m., and the last chance to enter the area where the floats are parked is 4 p.m.


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