Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Everyone living in the Los Angeles should experience watching the Rose Parade in person at least once in their life. To be among the crowd celebrating the New Year with the whole world is truly an amazing experience. To get the best viewing stake out a space by Monday at noon, and plan for the party.
Read an article with tips from the Pasadena Police Department here.
- Bring a thick yoga-type or sleeping mat if you plan to sleep on the street. The mat is a great barrier keeping the cold from the street away from your body. At the very least cardboard.
- Dress as warm as you can in layers. Thermal type shirt/pants, turtle neck, sweatshirt, scarf, gloves, jacket, sweatpants, two layers of socks. The key is to make yourself look like a marshmallow with lots of space for your body to trap air.
- The north side of Colorado Blvd will be sunny throughout the parade, it helps in warming up in the morning. Bring sun glasses and sunscreen though. Or find a spot on the south side that is free of buildings or trees blocking that could block the sun's warm rays.
- Bring toilet paper in case the porta-potties run out.
- If you are close enough, ride your bicycles and you don't have to worry about parking.
- Chairs helps maintain your family's space as the crowds start to grow in the morning.
- Noise cancelling headphones can aid in drowning out any noise from other campers if you plan to get any sleep.
- The parade starts at 8am and is 2 hours long. It can take well over an hour for the parade to reach the end of the route. If you stake out a spot near the end expect to wait. Check the route here.