Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Rose Parade and Football Game Tickets

Pasadena, CA

PARADE CURBSIDE VIEWING – Curbside viewing of the Rose Parade in designated areas is FREE and available first-come, first-served. Pasadena city ordinance allows the occupancy of curbside space along the parade route beginning at noon on the day before the parade.

PARADE GRANDSTAND SEATING TICKETS – Grandstand tickets are available through Sharp Seating Company, the official grandstand seating provider, beginning in February and extending through 31 Dec. Every person, regardless of age, must have a ticket to sit in the grandstands. However, if a child is two years of age or younger, he/she may sit on an adult’s lap. If not seated on an adult’s lap, each child must have a ticket. For tickets, call 626-795-4171 or go to their website: This parade route map may help you get oriented.

FOOTBALL GAME TICKETS – I know nothing about this subject.
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Float builders have absolutely no connections to get you discounted tickets either to the parade or the football game. Forget about that. Bite the bullet, buy tickets, and buy them very early. They go on sale in February.

Sitting at my computer in February, a couple thousand miles away trying to decide about buying the ticket package, there were too many questions about ‘Curbside Viewing’ to make it a viable option for me. How do I find the 'designated areas'? Does 'curbside' mean in a vehicle or a lawn chair? Where do I park my RV?

We decided to attend the parade but not the football game. Tickets were expensive but traveling 2,000 miles and working on a float for a week without seeing the parade would be really stupid. We viewed this as a once in a lifetime event. We also bought the parking package. The complete ticket package arrived in plenty of time and contained seating tickets, parking pass, and abundant information and maps. The parking pass included a large windshield tag that traffic control personnel used to direct us straight to our parking lot. Being able to drive directly to a parking spot at 4AM in a strange town was priceless.

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