I probably won't try camping out again until my own kids were teenagers but I am considering waking up early to view the parade in person. One way to get to the parade is by using the Metro Gold Line. There are several stops one or two blocks away from the parade route which is a lot closer than any parking spot you'll find. You can catch the Gold Line at it's start on Atlantic Blvd just south of the 60 Freeway and leave your car at the Metro lot across the street.
Fares are $1.50 each way. Two children under the age of 5 may ride for free with each paying adult. The timetable says it takes 50 minutes to get from Atlantic to the stops in Pasadena, which is probably faster than if you were driving during the pre and post parade traffic. Click here for more information about catching the Metro to the Rose Parade. Save $1.50 by getting a really early start! Metro is waiving fares on New Years Eve from 9pm - 2am.
Happy New Year Everyone!