New Year’s in Pasadena

  • New-Years-in-Pasadena

Event Category: Holiday

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    One of Pasadena’s main claims to fame is its New Year’s festivities. Since 1890, Pasadena has shown off its best in a New Year’s Day Parade, celebrating its balmy winters and abundance of fresh flowers with music, marching entertainers, and floral-bedecked floats.

    Do you know how many flowers are featured on an average float?

    On this tour, you’ll hear stories about the people who started and continued this tradition, and shaped New Year’s in Pasadena as we know it today. You’ll also learn about the history of the Rose Bowl game, as well as other activities and sports that have played a role in past years.

    When football was deemed “too dangerous,” what sport did they turn to?

    Starting at Singer Park, we’ll discuss the Wrigley Mansion, the headquarters of the Tournament of Roses and beginning of the Parade route. Then, we’ll head down Orange Grove Boulevard – formerly known as “Millionaires’ Row” – and stop off at the Colorado Street Bridge, before continuing on the route down Colorado Boulevard and into Old Pasadena.

    Why do the Tournament of Roses members wear white suits?

    Learn the answers to these questions, and so much more! Come join us, and walk away with amazing knowledge about this iconic American tradition!

    Tour cost is $20 for adults (ages 13 and over), $5 for children (ages 5 – 12) and free for toddlers 4 and under. Processing fees added at time of checkout. This is a 2-hour tour starting at 10:00 am and ending at 12:00 pm on Monday, December 30th and Tuesday, December 31st.

    Tour meeting point is at the corner of California Blvd and St. John Ave at Singer Park (Pasadena 91105).

    Metro Rail – Exit Fillmore station off the Metro Gold Line and walk north on Raymond, then turning west on California Blvd. This is an approximate 15 minute walk.

    Parking – Street parking around Singer Park or private lots as you go east.

    Note: The tour ends at Castle Green (99 S. Raymond Avenue 91105), which is a 20 minute walk back to the starting point. The guide can point you in the direction.

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