The 129th Rose Parade presented by Honda begins at 8:00am on Monday, January 1, 2018 and will feature floral floats, spirited marching bands and high-stepping equestrian units along the 5 1/2 mile route down Colorado Boulevard. Actor Gary Sinise has been chosen as this year's Grand Marshall.
The 2018 theme, ‘Making a Difference,’ is a way to honor and celebrate all of the people in our communities, who quietly and without desire for reward or recognition, act in selfless, generous and kind ways to aid or benefit others. It’s about the human acts of kindness that enrich the lives of others and are the source of inspiration, hope, joy and optimism for all of us.
Experience – in person – the magic of New Year’s Day in an unrivaled celebration, exclusive to the streets of Pasadena! 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 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.
Ticketing Seating: Reserved grandstand seating for the Rose Parade is available for purchase through Sharp Seating Company, the Official Grandstand Seating Provider, from February 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. Contact Sharp Seating Company at (626) 795-4171. Find more information online.
Non-Ticketed Seating: Curbside viewing is also available on a first-come, first-served basis. Pasadena city ordinance allows the occupancy of curbside space along the parade route beginning at noon on the day before the parade.
Parking: Convenient parking in Old Pasadena is available by calling our Park & Walk Garages at (626) 577-8963 to purchase a parking pass at one of the three structures:
- De Lacey Park & Walk Garage $40
- Schoolhouse Park & Walk Garage $35
- Marriott Park & Walk Garage $24
Parade Route: The 5 1/2-mile Rose Parade route begins at the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena, California. The parade travels north on Orange Grove at a leisurely 2 1/2-mile-per-hour pace and then turns east onto Colorado Boulevard, where the majority of the parade viewing takes place. Near the end of the route, the parade turns north onto Sierra Madre Boulevard and concludes at Villa Street.
Transportation: The Metro will operate throughout the night of December 31 and morning of January 1. In addition to overnight service on those selected lines, Metro will run more trains and offer more frequent service on the Metro Gold Line to accommodate the large numbers of anticipated riders on January 1. Exit the Gold Line at the Memorial Park or Del Mar stations, both just a short walk from the parade route. Call the Metro information line at (323) 466-3876 or visit www.metro.net for help planning your trip.
If you have specific questions about your visit, you can speak to a live person in the days leading up to the event by calling the Visitor Hotline courtesy of the Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau. The toll-free Visitor Hotline number is (877) 793-9911 (outside of the US, +1 626-795-9311).