What there is to know
- Friday December 31 at 9:30 a.m.
- $ 25 adult, $ 10 children 5 to 12, children 4 and under can register for free
- The starting point is Singer Park in Pasadena, the end point is Castle Green
Driving on Colorado Boulevard?
You may have done this a few times, when you met friends for lunch in Pasadena, or went shopping, or visited a theater, or visited the Norton Simon Museum.
What if you took part in a Rose Parade? Of course, that matters: you’ve enjoyed the famous thoroughfare from a chariot or saddle, giving you a whole new perspective on the Crown City.
But there’s another way to experience Colorado Boulevard, or at least part of it, while also learning about the parade, its long, centuries-old history, and the role Pasadena plays in the glitzy proceedings.
You can join a once-a-year walking tour that focuses on all things pink, led by local connoisseurs of the area, the pros of Pasadena Walking Tours.
And this do-now or wait-for-another-year event will depart from Singer Park in Pasadena on the morning of Friday, December 31, approximately 24 hours before the parade begins.
“Together, let’s walk the first leg of the Rose Parade route and learn more about the festivities and activities that captivate the city and its inhabitants on New Year’s Day,” trumpets the tour website.
The Royal Court will be one of the festive elements of the open-air event, which will cover just under two miles, with a conclusion at Castle Green, one of the most striking structures in Old Pasadena.
Other parts of Pasadena’s fun walk will take a look at the more quirky aspects of the parade, something fans don’t always get the chance to learn during the main event in August.
And, after 133 outings, there are plenty of unusual and charming stories to share on this world-famous procession.
An adult ticket costs $ 25, a child ticket costs $ 10, and you’ll want to reserve your seat in advance.
Wearing something covered in roses or perhaps an outfit that is an elegant ode to the White Suiters seen volunteering along the parade route?
It’s up to you, but the last day of 2021 will be cool in Pasadena, and, fingers crossed, dry, a promising prospect just a day before the flowery parade.