Each year on January 1, the world focuses its attention on Pasadena: home of the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. It’s a celebration more than a century old – a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere else in the world. It’s America’s New Year’s Day celebration, a greeting to the world on the first day of the year, and a salute to the community spirit and love of pageantry that have thrived in Pasadena for more than 100 years.
The Rose Parade travels 5 ½ miles down Colorado Blvd. and features four types of entries: floral-decorated floats entered by a participating corporation, non-profit organization or municipality, equestrian units, bands, and Tournament Entries. Rose Parade participants have long histories with the Tournament of Roses and keep the traditions alive.
The earliest Tournament of Roses welcomed 3,000 spectators to its first parade filled with beautiful, horse-drawn carriages covered in flowers. More than a century later, the parade floats are a marvel of state of the art technology, all tucked away beneath flowers and other all-natural materials.
To serve the Rose Parade, the first train on each of the following lines will operate a modified schedule:
- San Bernardino Line train 351 will operate nearly an hour earlier, departing San Bernardino – Downtown at 6 a.m. making all station stops. The train, operating on a special schedule, will arrive at L.A. Union Station at 7:44 a.m.
- Antelope Valley Line train 260 will operate approximately 40 minutes earlier, departing Lancaster at 5:40 a.m. making all stops. The train, operating on a special schedule, will arrive at L.A. Union Station at 7:48 a.m.
For more information, please visit the Rose Parade website.