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Pasadena, California...................home of the Pasadena Rose Bowl Parade

Updated on August 30, 2013


I wrote an article entitled Why I Love Southern California, and one of the reasons I gave is, Pasadena. I've lived in and around Pasadena for over 41 years. Pasadena is a very interesting, and exciting city. One reason, on January 1, any year, the eyes of the world are trained on our fair city. Another is the newly renovated Colorado Boulevard, (the parade route). The boulevard boasts some of the most beautiful and popular shops around, especially the Old Town district, and an outdoor shopping mall second to none. Simply a must see!

Just a few interesting facts about Pasadena. Pasadena is located about 12 miles southwest of the city of Los Angeles, an easy commute for those who love the things L.A. has to offer, which is a lot, including and not limited to the largest Fashion District in the United States, could possibly be the world, (must look that up). An ever increasingly beautified downtown. Hollywood, Universal Studios, The Staples Center, and much, much more. I digress, back to Pasadena. Pasadena has a Mediterranean climate, boasting average temperatures between the mid 60's to 80's Fahrenheit, year round (18-31 Celsius), of course with global warming, we've had some pretty hot days lately. But the heat is a dry heat, so it's not particularly miserable. And the nights are always much cooler, facilitating a good night's sleep without air conditioners, most nights.

As I mentioned earlier, Pasadena host the immensely popular Rose Bowl Parade, more about that later. The popular Pasadena Playhouse, where countless stars of today and of the yesterday got their start, such as Gene Hackman, Raymond Burr, Dustin Hoffman, Charles Bronson and countless others. Also notable authors, such as Tennessee Williams, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Eugene O'Neill, and others, had their work showcased at the Playhouse. There is also the NASA field center, JPL, (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), which is managed by Cal Tech, (California Institute of Technology). The Norton Simon Museum, and let me not forget the Rose Bowl itself. There are many more interesting things to do and see here, that I'd have to write this article in sequels, if I named them all, but I won't.

Oh, one more important note, (I think). Pasadena was originally inhabited by the Native American Hahamog-na tribe, a branch of the Tongva, ( A Shoshone language group). As in most of the California city names, the name, Pasadena means, "crown of the valley," taken from a Chippewa word. I might be a little prejudiced here, but I say the meaning is spot on. This is a beautiful city! Take a look at the picture below, that's what I wake up to everyday. (I'm just saying)!

Overview of Pasadena, Altadena, California USA

The Parade

As I mentioned the Rose Bowl Parade is the highlight of the city's year. A bit about the parade itself. The Parade was first staged in 1890, by members of Pasadena's Valley Hunt Club, and has been held every New Year's day, (January 1), except when the 1st falls on Sunday. In which case it is held on the subsequent Monday, the 2nd. The parade is 51/2 miles long and takes about 21/2 hours to pass by. The floats can be viewed between 48 and 72 hours prior to the parade, and immediately after the parade at a location designated by the organizers. Volunteers are requested to help assemble the floats right up to the night before the parade.

The parade can be viewed in person several ways. There are bleacher seats that can be pre purchased, you can also park your Motor Home in specially designated spots along the parade route, and, of course, the ever popular sidewalk viewing. The sidewalk viewing is a tradition that countless die hard fans participate in annually. It's actually an annual camp out. Fans are allowed to set up "camp," as it were, at noon New Years Eve, at which time all businesses that are not directly involved in the parade shut their doors. If you ask me, the real fun for me in the early years, when my children were small, was New Year's Eve, just cruising down the boulevard watching the campers, with their makeshift camping equipment, set up. We would dress our children in their PJ's, ride the route and just have fun. Those were the days.

If you don't already have plans to attend this year, don't bother now. As every hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, etc, is usually booked solid. So now you'll have to join the more than one billion worldwide at your television or computer screens. If your interest is sufficiently piqued, you should make plans to attend next year, but do so as soon as possible, as all accommodations fill up fast. The Pasadena Chamber of commerce is a good place to start in making your plans. Of course I can also give you a little more insight, if requested. No, I don't work for the city.

I hope you've enjoyed my little tour around Pasadena. If so let me know by your comments.


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      Alfreta Sailor 4 years ago from Southern California

      Well, alright then, promotion on my hub, LOL, but that's okay.

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      Poll 4 years ago

      Rose Bowl Stadium is Beautiful and Great Stadium. If you want to stay near Rose Bowl Stadium then Lincoln Motel Pasadena is the best option for you with great Amenities and Services. Provide Discounts & Specials in Pasadena for Members.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you bat115, for stopping over. Just take the plunge next year and come. I'll see you soon.

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      Tim 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I hope to someday see the rose parade live in person. Pasadena is a nice place. I've been there quite a few times in my lifetime. good hub.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks apricotmousse, hope you can come one day. Thanks for stopping, see you soon.

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      apricotmousse 7 years ago

      Wonderful hub. Hope to experience the parade personally. Thank you for sharing.

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you Lee and Bail Up for stopping by and commenting. I hope you do enjoy the parade this year. Please come by again.

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      Bail Up ! 8 years ago

      Looking forward to the televised Rose Bowl Parade coming up My mom wouldn't dream of letting us skip it while growing up. Nice video.

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      Lee Thacker 8 years ago

      Rain on 1-1-2010? Wow! You really put a lot of thought and positive thought into your hub article! Honestly I think I need to re-read it again to pick-up all the gems that you shared, as always...THANKS! Keep know I'm a fan!

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks create a page, and yes California is a wonderful place. I actually have a bit of the wanderlust, and would love to travel to other places, as I'm sure there are even more beautiful places to see in the world. Thanks again for stopping.

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      create a page 8 years ago from Maryland, USA

      California seems like the place to be. There are so many great places that you mentioned - Hollywood, Universal Studios, the Staples Center and Pasadena. I hope I will get to visit there one day. You wrote another great hub fastfreta. Thank you.

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      Well, well, well, thank you all for your input. I'm really glad that you all enjoyed it, if any of you ever come this way please let me know. So thanks, Tammy, creativeone, lorlie, habee, veronica, Hello,hello, and poetlorraine for stopping by, please come again.

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      Tammy Lochmann 8 years ago

      Great Hub I hope to visit Southern California one of my good friends has been spending a lot of her time out there lately ( she is a travel nurse) she enjoys it.

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      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thanks for a great Pasadena Rose bowl hub, thank you for sharing it. creativeone59

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      Laurel Rogers 8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      I remember Pasadena from my childhood, where I spent long weekends in neighboring La Crescenta.

      Thanks for this trip down memory lane!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      I always enjoy watching the parade on TV. Thanks for another great hub!

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      You've done it again fastfreta. If you keep this up, I just might have to move down to Pasadena to experience all of its' wonders and delights. :) You've at least convinced me to visit - more or less. Thanks for another great hub. Out of all the visual stimula you portrayed, I must say it's the weather that got me. You know how sticky, humid, and hot it can get down here in the South.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      You lucky thing. It is not fair. There is me sitting in a grey cold weather for nine months in London. Anyway for cheering us all up with these beautiful pictures and a lovely hub, thank you.

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      poetlorraine 8 years ago

      it looks wonderful, must write about Ireland one day to show you what it is like...... this was truly a lovely hub