Pasadena In Focus
September - October 2012

Prep Begins for Rose Parade, Rose Bowl

Now that Labor Day is behind us, initial preparations by the City of Pasadena begin for two of the world’s best-known annual New Year’s events: the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl.

While both of these famous events have year-round staffs that work closely with the City, many of the behind-the-scenes tasks coordinated by the City—including Public Works, Police, Fire, Transportation, Public Health, Water & Power, Economic Development/Special Events and the City Manager’s Office—are absolutely critical to ensure that these international events seen by millions of people around the world occur without a hitch.

Pedestrians and motorists should use extra caution as City work crews will be busy until the end of December along the 5.5-mile parade route to ensure safe and unobstructed passage for the estimated 43 floats, 21 marching bands and 18 equestrian units.

Among the many tasks that field crews do: patching streets and sidewalks; painting curbs; temporarily removing signal mast arms at about 20 intersections; installing temporary asphalt ramps for better ADA access; securing manhole covers; trimmingtrees and deploying barricades and temporary parking restriction sign

Once the festivities are over, City crews and contractors also will be busy with post-parade restoration work and cleaning up about 100 tons of trash left by the estimated 750,000 parade visitors and 90,000 football fans.

It takes a committed and dedicated City staff to prepare for these grand events. Your patience and cooperation to safely navigate around our field crews as they complete their work is greatly appreciated.