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Pasadena In Focus Nov-Dec 2013

Rose Bowl & Parade Almost Here!

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Preparations are well underway and the excitement is building fast for Pasadena’s 125th Rose Parade and the 100th Rose Bowl Game to be held on January 1, 2014. And then, just five days later, the BCS National Championship Game on January 6!

The whole world seems to focus on Pasadena during this special time of year. A whirlwind of preparations and special activities lead up to the main events as staffs and hundreds of volunteers for the Tournament of Roses; the Rose Bowl Stadium, the City, float builders and many other affiliated organizations and businesses operate on a highly efficient work schedule.

Much of the work includes behind-the-scenes tasks coordinated by the City and many others to ensure that these premier, international events--seen by hundreds of thousands in person and millions more around the world via TV—occur without a hitch.

Pedestrians and motorists are asked to use extra caution during this busy time of year as work crews put the finishing touches on the 5.5-mile parade route, the formation and post-parade areas. Watch for extra barricades; changes in signal lights, temporary parking restrictions and extra work vehicles in the streets. The City thanks all for their cooperation during this busy time.

To help celebrate the historic milestone of the 2014 Rose Bowl Game—a special music video has been commissioned by the Tournament of Roses to mark the 100th Rose Bowl Game. The “100 Roses” music video celebrating the “Granddaddy of All Bowl Games” is available now on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rC7RMMsw1A.

rbstuffA special, commemorative 100th Rose Bowl Game book titled, Rose Bowl: The History of the Granddaddy of Them All® is also available at local bookstores and a special bronze plaque was recently unveiled at the Rose Bowl Stadium to mark the occasion\

Tournament officials are also highlighting the centennial with the naming of an “All Century” class of players and coaches. You can follow all the action for the parade and bowl game online at www.tournamentofroses.com and by using the hashtag #RoseBowl100.

Grandstand seats, as well as tickets for post-parade viewing of floats, are still available from Sharp Seating Company, www.sharpseating.com. Additional information about the Rose Bowl Stadium is at www.rosebowlstadium.com. For updates on the BCS, visit www.bcsfootball.org.

And don’t forget that you can be part of the exciting history of the stadium itself by buying a special commemorative brick that will be part of a beautiful rose mosaic in front of the stadium. These once-in-a-lifetime bricks are going fast and make the perfect holiday gift for all of the sports fans in your life.

Very affordable prices range from $100 to $425, with options for inscriptions and desk-top replicas for the ultimate sports fan package!  Visit http://rosebowlbricks.com/ for ordering details. Part of the brick sale proceeds will help preserve and protect the historic stadium for future generations.

The City of Pasadena and the Tournament of Roses wishes all a Happy Holiday Season. It is a special time of year for all of us. Please celebrate responsibly and with kindness. Always designate a driver.