2012 Rose Parade Street Closures and Parking Information

2012 Rose Parade Street Closures and Parking Information

Time again for the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena and we’re here to get you all the street closures, directions, transit and parking information you need.

Remember, this year it is on Monday, January 2.  Why is the Rose Parade not on New Years (Jan 1)?  Well, because it is a Sunday!  The “no Sunday” rule goes back to the late 1800s when it was instituted to avoid frightening horses tethered outside local churches which might interfere with worship services.

Rose Parade Route

The 5.5 mile route begins at the intersection of Green Street and Orange Grove Blvd.  It heads north on Orange Grove, then east on Colorado.  At the end, it turns north on to Sierra Madre Blvd and ends at Sierra Madre and Villa.

The parade route will be closed on Monday, January from 7am to 11am.

We are still waiting to get official word on street camping requirements.  Last year people were not allowed to be out until noon on the day before the Rose Parade.

Other Rose Parade Street Closures

  • Pasadena Ave between Columbia St and Del Mar – 8pm, jan 1 to 10am, Jan 2
  • Orange Grove Blvd between Colorado and Columbia – 8pm, Jan 1 to noon, Jan 2
  • Colorado Blvd between St John and Sierra Madre –  7am, Jan 2 to noon, Jan 2
  • Sierra Madre Blvd between Colorado and Paloma St – 8pm, Jan 1 to 1pm, Jan 2
  • Green St between Orange Grove Blvd and Grand Ave – 7am, Jan 1 to 1pm, Jan 2
  • Hill Ave northbound between Del Mar and Cordova, 10am to 2pm, Jan 2
  • Terrace St between Colorado Blvd and Green St, 3am to noon, Jan 2

Colorado Street Bridge between the 134 and Orange Grove is closed at 8pm on 1/1/2012 untul 11:00am 1/12/2012

Rose Bowl Loop closed from 6am-10pm: Seco, Rosemont, Washington, West Drive from 5am-11pm on 1/2/2012.   Local streets surrounding the Rose Bowl will also be barricaded from 5am-9pm.

Rose Parade Freeway Ramp Closures

No freeways will be closed, but several ramps will be affected by the parade.  These are the usual Rose Parade freeway ramp closures but we have not received the official information from Caltrans yet with times.

134 EAST Orange Grove off-ramp closed from 8pm , Jan 1 to noon, Jan 2
134 WEST Orange Grove on-ramp closed midnight til noon, Jan 2

210 EAST and WEST Sierra Madre off-ramps closed from 8pm, Jan 1 to 6pm, Jan 2

710 SOUTH Del Mar off-ramp closed from 6pm, Jan 1 to noon, Jan 2
710 NORTH Del Mar Blvd on-ramp and California Blvd on-ramp closed from 6pm, Jan 1 to noon, Jan 2.

Click here for a full map of street closures and parade route


Paid parking is first come first served at various lots around the city near the parade route.

You can get reserved parking through the Sharp Seating Company.

No parking is allowed along the parade route.  Overnight parking restrictions are lifted between Dec 23 and Jan 3.  Overnight permit parking will resume on January 4 at 2am.

All “no parking” areas and red curb zones remain off-limits.

Motor home searches will be performed by the police department starting on December 30 until January 2.  Once inspected, you will receive a decal.

Public Transportation

The Gold Line stops at several stations that are all with in walking distance of the parade route.  Stations include Memorial Park, Lake, Allen, or Del Mar.   Extra rail service will be added to accomodate the parade and Rose Bowl game.

Metrolink is providing a couple of trains to accomdate Rose Parade watchers and providing a 2 for 1 deal!

Buy any one-way or round-trip ticket on Metrolink and the second person rides for free on the San Bernardino or Antelope Valley Lines.  (Note: The untickted passenger will need to buy a ticket for transfer to the Gold Line)

The train that leaves Riverside-Downtown at 5:30am and San Bernardino at 6:05am will service the Rose Parade and end at Union Station where riders can transfer to the Gold Line.  The Antelope Valley Line also ends at Union Station and can be used to get to the parade.

Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus also has Rose Parade packages featuring transportation and tickets.   You can contact them at 310-451-5444 for info.

Rose Parade Camping

Do not arrive before noon on January 1. 

All viewers, chairs and belongings must remain on the curb until 11pm, January 1, 2012.  At that time you can move out to the blue line.

Do not bring upholstered chairs, couches, boxes, tents, ladders, scaffolding or umbrellas.  Don’t throw any kind of food or other items.

Traffic Tip

In addition to city streets, the 210 freeway tends to be very congested in both directions through Pasadena and Arcadia during Rose Parade and Rose Bowl festivities.  In addition, that slowing often spills out on to the day after because of the float viewing.

Note – this is preliminary information and we will be updating as we get closer to the event.

Chris Hughes