California Festivals


Pasadena Tournament of Roses

Rose Parade January 1, 2024, 8 a.m.

 Celebrating a World of Music is the 2024 theme

Free to see; $75-120 grandstand ticketed seating:

January 1 every year, except when January 1 falls on Sunday. Then it is held Jan. 2,

We Love a Parade! Especially when it's the Rose Parade in Pasadena. While California just completed over 100 Christmas parades in the weeks leading up to the new year, you'd be lucky to catch one or two bands marching & performing, a couple equestrian units and mostly home-made floats, often with holiday lights. For those who truly love a parade, these local events make you want more of a good thing and in Pasadena on January 1st, it won't be good. It will be fantastic. Celebrity entertainment with singers, musicians, dozens of bands, the finest horses in equestrian units, and the most beautiful, sweet-smelling floats in the World. You gotta' see it to believe it.


LIVE MUSIC BY: David Archuleta, Cassadee Pope, Michelle Williams and Rush Davis | Straight No Chaser | Mid-Parade Performance By Sean Ardoin,  Amanda Shaw  and James Burton

PARADE ROUTE: The 5.5 mile Rose Parade route begins at the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena. The parade travels north on Orange Grove, then turns east onto Colorado Boulevard where the majority of the parade takes place. At the end of the route, the parade turns north onto Sierra Madre Boulevard and ends at Sierra Madre and Villa Street.

30 Bands
18 Equestrian Units
39 Floats
700,000+ Spectators

Volunteer Float Decorating
Various Locations in the Greater Los Angeles Area

DECORATING PLACES December 28-30, 2023
Visitors traditionally do not have to volunteer to see the floats before the parade.
Rosemont Pavilion
700 Seco Street
$20 (age 5 & under free),

EQUESTFEST December 29, 2023, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Show 12-2 p.m.
Los Angeles Equestrian Center
480 West Riverside Dr.
Burbank, CA
$25 | $50 VIP,

BANDFEST  December 29-30, 2023
Pasadena City College Robison Stadium
1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA
24 marching bands travel to Pasadena from across the United States and around the world to be in the Rose Parade. Before the parade, around 9,500 people purchase tickets to see Bandfest. Hours: December 29, 2 p.m. | December 30, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Marching Bands in 2024 Rose Parade: Albertville High School Aggie Band, Albertville, AL; Banda Municipal de Zarcero Zarcero, Alajuela, Costa Rica; Castle High School, Newburgh, IN; Jenks Trojan Pride, Jenks, OK; Los Angeles Unified School District - All District High School Honor Band, Los Angeles, CA; Na Koa Ali'i - Hawai'i All State Marching Band, Kailua, HI; Niceville High School Eagle Pride Marching Band, Niceville, FL; The Blue and Gold Marching Machine, Greensboro, NC; Pasadena City College Herald Trumpets, Pasadena, CA; Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band, Pasadena, CA; Pipes On Parade: The Massed Pipes & Drums, Twentynine Palms, CA; Pulaski High School Red Raider Marching Band, Pulaski, WI; The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band, Long Beach, CA; The Royal Swedish Cadet Band, Kariskrona, Sweden; The BOSS, Bands Of Santiago Sharks; Corona, CA; Toho Marching Band, Japan Honor Green Band; Nagoya, Aichi, Japan; United States Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band, San Diego, CA; West Chester University INCOMPARABLE Golden Rams Marching Band, West Chester, PA; Westlake High School Chaparral Band, Austin, TX; William Mason High School Marching Band, Mason, OH

ROSE PARADE FLOAT FEST (Post Parade Viewing)   January 1 & 2, 2024 at Rose Bowl Stadium
Sierra Madre and Washington Boulevards
Pasadena, CA

135th ROSE PARADE   January 1, 2024 at 8 a.m.
Orange Grove Blvd. & Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA
Free, ticketed reserved seating available
109th ROSE BOWL GAME  January 1, 2024 at 1 p.m.
Rose Bowl Stadium
University of Michigan Wolverines vs  University of Alabama Crimson Tide

The Tournament of Roses Rose Parade began as a way to showcase the perfect California weather. The fun has lasted through 2 world wars, depression, and has survived any one person. It is the oldest, biggest flower-float parade anywhere on earth!

It started as a promotional event created by Valley Hunt Club in Pasadena. Circa winter of 1890, the club members sought ways to promote the "Mediterranean of the West," and hatched a plan. They invited their former East Coast neighbors to a mid-winter holiday, where they could watch games such as chariot races, jousting, foot races, polo and tug-of-war under the warm California sun. Fresh flowers in the winter, orange crops, sunshine and shirt sleeves weather, prompted the club to add another showcase for Pasadena's charm: a parade that precede the competition, where entrants would decorate their carriages with hundreds of blooms.

The parade In New York, people are buried in snow- here our flowers are blooming and our oranges are about to bear. Let's hold a festival to tell the world about our paradise, said Professor Charles Holder at a Club meeting. The Tournament of Roses was born. The Rose Parade is one of the watched events, broadcast on TV around the world.

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