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Here Are The Areas To Avoid During The Rose Parade

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From the 127th Tournament of Roses Parade. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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The Tournament of Roses, which takes place on Monday, is upon us once again. Some will be camped out along Colorado Boulevard to witness the looming, fragrant floats that will be coasting along with the Rose Parade. Some will be huddled in the Rose Bowl to watch USC take on Penn State for gridiron dominance. And some will be cozied up in the warmth and safety of their own homes to watch it all from afar on their flatscreens.

If you're going up to Pasadena to take in the pageantry (or if you're just a hapless soul who needs to be in the area at such an inopportune time), here's what you need to know when it comes to street closures.

In the following images, the parade route is marked in red. The streets that are adjacent to the parade route will be closed, meaning cars won't be allowed on streets that are a block within the route. These closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday. The parade will start near the Colorado Bridge (the dark black line):

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(Courtesy of the City of Pasadena)
It will stroll along Colorado Boulevard and continue up Sierra Madre Boulevard. The route will then end near Paloma Street and Sierra Madre.

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(Courtesy of the City of Pasadena)
The floats will then be on display for viewing along Sierra Madre and Washington Boulevard. This stretch (marked in yellow) will only be open to local traffic from 3 p.m. on Sunday to 5 a.m. on Wednesday.

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(Courtesy of the City of Pasadena)
Other closures of note:

  • The Colorado Bridge will be closed from 8 p.m. on Sunday to 11 a.m. Monday.
  • Orange Grove Blvd. between Colorado Blvd. and Columbia St. will be closed from 8 p.m. on Sunday to 1 p.m. on Monday.
  • Speaking of Orange Grove Blvd, the surrounding streets will only be open to local traffic from 8 p.m. on Sunday to 1 p.m. on Monday
  • Del Mar Blvd. between Pasadena Ave and Fair Oaks Ave will be closed from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Monday.
  • Pretty much all residential streets that are within a mile of the Rose Bowl will be barricaded for local access only from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday.
  • Walnut St between Daisy Ave and Kineloa Ave will be closed from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday.

For an expanded and full-sized version of the map, you can visit the city's website. The site also has more information about parking regulations, and what you can and can't bring to the Rose Parade.

This leaves the question of how you should get there if you're not local to Pasadena. As advised by Metro, you can take the Gold Line and get off at either the Del Mar, Memorial Park, Lake or Allen Station stops. If you're going to the Rose Bowl game, you can get off at the Memorial Park stop and take a shuttle to the stadium.

The parade starts at 8 a.m., and the bowl game starts at 1:30 p.m. Check the Tournament of Roses website for details on all the happenings that will be going on.

[Update 3:28 p.m.]

Caltrans has informed LAist of a number of freeway ramp closures that will happen in relation to the festivities. They include:


  • The 210 freeway eastbound offramp for Sierra Madre, from 8 p.m. Sunday to 4 p.m. Monday.
  • The 210 freeway eastbound offramp for San Gabriel, from 8 p.m. Sunday to 4 p.m. Monday.
  • The 134 freeway eastbound offramp for Orange Grove, from 8 p.m. Sunday to 2 p.m. Monday.
  • The 710 freeway southbound offramp for Del Mar, from 8 p.m. Sunday to 11 a.m. Monday.
  • The 710 freeway northbound onramp for California, from 6 p.m. Sunday to 11 a.m. Monday.
  • The 710 freeway southbound left turn pocket for California, 8 p.m. Sunday to 10 a.m. Monday.
  • The 110 freeway northbound left turn pocket for Orange Grove, 7:30 p.m. Sunday to 2 p.m. Monday.