Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, CA

For more than a century, the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena has been a festival of flowers, music and sports celebrated by a parade and college football. But the Tournament is much more: it’s America’s New Year Celebration, a greeting to the world on the first day of the year, and a salute to the community spirit and love of pageantry. Beginning with the BCS Selection Sunday Party, to the pre-bowl game tradition of Lawry’s Beef Bowl, and on New Year’s Day, the spectacular Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game, the Tournament of Roses is a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere in the world. Businesses throughout Los Angeles offer special discounts during the Rose Bowl, including these Santa Monica deals.


Experience the magic of the floats before they make their debut in the 2013 Rose Parade. Get a backstage glimpse of the floral floats in their final stages of preparation at any of three locations. See a variety of fruit, seeds, bark, grasses and of course, flowers being applied to the floats by experienced professionals as well as hard working volunteers. Tickets are $10, children under 5 are free.

EQUESTFEST (DEC. 29, 2012)

At Equestfest, meet many of the equestrians you will see on New Year’s Day in the 2013 Rose Parade. The whole family will be delighted by the beautiful horses and talented riders performing drills and dances, and demonstrating trick riding and roping. Stroll through the stables of the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank and talk to the riders. Take advantage of wonderful one-of-a-kind photo opportunities. Enjoy ongoing performances, demonstrations and exhibits. Great music as well as food and beverage concessions are also on site. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the show begins at “High Noon.” General Admission is $15 and Limited Reserved Seating is $35. Parking is $5 per car.

BANDFEST (DEC. 29-30, 2012)

Bandfest features the prizewinning bands of the 2013 Rose Parade performing the field shows that made them famous. Three shows over two days give everyone a chance to see these talented musicians, dancers and auxiliary performers in action. Bandfest takes place at Robinson Stadium at Pasadena City College on December 29th (2-4:30 p.m.) and December 30th (10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2-4:30 p.m.). Tickets are $15, children under 5 are free.


The Rose Bowl Hall of Fame was established in 1989 to honor members of the Rose Bowl Game family who have contributed to the history and excitement of the game. The Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place at the Pasadena Convention Center from 12-1:30 p.m., honoring the 2012 Rose Bowl Hall of Fame class during a mid-day luncheon. The three newest Hall of Famers join a group of legendary football greats during the induction ceremony and press conference that follows. A limited number of $60 tickets are made available to the public. Ticket information TBA.


The Kickoff Luncheon is a dynamic mid-day pep rally that takes place from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Rose Bowl. Celebrity sportscasters present the university coaches, athletes, marching bands and pep squads of the teams participating in the 99th Rose Bowl Game. Honored guests include the 2012 Rose Bowl Game Hall of Fame inductees and the Rose Queen with her princesses. Tickets for this event are $90 and include parking. Tickets are available through and from the participating universities.

ROSE PARADE (JAN. 1, 2013)

With the theme of “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” the 124th Rose Parade takes place on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 8 a.m. (PST) featuring spectacular floral floats, marching bands from across the country, and high-stepping equestrian units. Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, is the Grand Marshal of the 2013 Tournament of Roses and will ride in the parade on New Year’s Day. The 124th edition of the Rose Parade (often referred to as the “Rose Bowl Parade”) broadcasts live on ABC, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, KTLA (Tribune), NBC, RFD-TV and Univision. The Rose Parade is also seen in more than 220 international territories and countries. Admission is free. Reserved seating is $45-$90.

For detailed event information on tickets, locations and schedules, please visit the Tournament of Roses site.


On New Year’s Day, the Rose Bowl hosts two types of tailgate parties: Public and Alumni. The Public Tailgate activities begin at 8 a.m., with no charge for admission. A variety of food and beverages are available for purchase. Enjoy the interactive displays and entertainment attractions located on Lot “H,” just south of the stadium. The alumni associations of the two participating schools have designated areas for their “official” Alumni Tailgate Parties, located on the golf course north of the stadium.


Following the Rose Parade, the 99th Rose Bowl Game features two of the top college football teams in the nation: Stanford and Wisconsin, the champions of the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences, respectively.
Known as the “The Granddaddy of Them All” for being the oldest bowl game, the Rose Bowl Game was first played in 1902, and has been played annually since 1916. Other firsts for the Rose Bowl Game include: the first local radio broadcast of an East-West bowl game in 1926; the first transcontinental radio broadcast of a sporting event in 1927; the first local telecast of a college football game in 1948; the first national telecast of a college football game in 1952; and the first coast-to-coast color telecast of a collegiate football match in 1962.

Over the years, this college football classic has showcased 17 Heisman Trophy Winners, produced 29 national champions, featured 195 consensus All-Americans and honored 104 college football legends by inducting them into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. The Rose Bowl Game broadcasts exclusively on ESPN and ESPN radio. Pre-game activities begin 1:30 p.m. (PST).


Post Parade: A Showcase of Floats is a unique opportunity for the viewing public to step up close and see the majestic beauty and splendor of the floral floats. After every Rose Parade, the floral masterpieces are parked along Sierra Madre and Washington Boulevards in Pasadena and exhibited for visitors to walk within a few feet of the floats and appreciate their design and workmanship in close detail. From iTunes, visitors can download a Tournament of Roses-produced audio guide to the floats that accompanies the tour. Viewing times are 1-5 p.m. on January 1st, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on January 2nd. Allow two hours for this breathtaking display and don’t forget your camera. Tickets are $10, children under five are free.

Article courtesy of and photos courtesy of Tournament of Roses, Facebook.


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