Rose Parade Float Decoration Viewing

Dec. 28 through 31 — See the Rose Parade floats being decorated from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 29, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 30 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 31 at Rosemont Pavilion. Tickets are $15 general admission, available at the door or through Sharp Seating, free for children 5 and younger.

Rosemont Pavilion is located at 700 Seco St., Pasadena. Call or visit Sharp Seating at (626) 795-4171 or Visit for information.

Bandfest Offers an Early Glimpse of Rose Parade Marching Bands

Dec. 29 and 30 — Pasadena City College Robinson Stadium is the place to catch an early look at the marching bands scheduled to perform in the parade during Bandfest. Bandfest I starts at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 29. Bandfest II is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Dec. 30 and Bandfest III starts at 2 p.m. Dec. 30. Tickets to each session are $15, free for children 5 and younger, available through Sharp Seating.

Pasadena City College is located at 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call Sharp Seating at (626) 795-4171 or visit Visit for information.

Equestfest Showcases Rose Parade Equestrians

Dec. 29 — Guests can view the horses scheduled to appear in the Rose Parade up close, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. Horses and riders perform drills and dances, demonstrate trick riding and roping. Visitors can also check out the stables, talk to riders, learn about the equipment used and about the various breeds in the event. A vendor court, various displays, music, food and drink are included. Gates open at 10 a.m., the vendor court and activities run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the equestrian show runs from noon to 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission, free for children 5 and younger, and VIP reserved seat tickets are $40.

The Los Angeles Equestrian Center is located at 480 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank. Tickets are available through Sharp seating. Call (626) 795-4171 or visit for tickets and visit for information.

Coming Up Roses in Pasadena

Jan. 1 — The 130th Rose Parade returns to Pasadena, starting at 8 a.m. at the corner of Orange Grove and Colorado boulevards, continuing down Colorado Boulevard to Sierra Madre Boulevard, ending at Villa Street. This year’s theme is “The Melody of Life,” and Grand Marshal is singer, songwriter and philanthropist Chaka Khan. The Rose Queen is Sequoyah High School senior Louise Deser Siskel.

Jan. 1 and 2 — Following the parade, view the floats up-close during the annual Showcase of Floats, from 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 1 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 2 at the corner of Sierra Madre and Washington Boulevards. Tickets are $15 per person, free for children age 5 and younger. Free shuttles are available from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 1 and 2 at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, and from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 2 at Rose Bowl Stadium Lot 3, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena. Tickets are available through Sharp Seating.

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