The countdown is on to America’s New Year Celebration - Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl Game!
Since 1890, America’s New Year Celebration has turned the eyes of our entire country on Pasadena for a day of festivities. Blending two traditional iconic events of American culture – the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game – the Tournament of Roses is still going strong and looking forward to their marquee events on January 1, 2020. While a few details have yet to be determined, such as which top teams from the Pac-12 and Big Ten will be playing in “The Granddaddy of Them All”, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel has put together a quick guide of the essentials for anyone thinking of coming to the area for the event!
Tournament of Roses Parade
With up to 1 million people descending upon Pasadena on January 1 for these celebrated events, it is best to plan ahead. The 131st Rose Parade begins on New Year’s Day at 8:00 AM, but if you wish to attend, your morning will start much earlier! There are a variety of viewing options for the parade, but your best bet may be to purchase a grandstand ticket ahead of time to ensure you have a spot. If you wish to be adventurous, you may be able to find a prime viewing spot along the road… but that means celebrating your New Year’s Eve on the street with the hundreds to thousands of others who have a similar goal – getting that perfect spot to see the floats!
Traveling 5 ½ miles down Colorado Boulevard, the theme for 2020 is “The Power of Hope”, with all of the floats celebrating “the influence of optimism and hope”. Also, instead of one Grand Marshal this year, the parade will have three - Rita Moreno, Gina Torres, and Laurie Hernandez! This terrific trio was chosen by the Tournament for achieving excellence in their fields while always epitomizing respect and inspiring others to dream big!
Rose Bowl Game
Since 1947, the Rose Bowl Game has been a sellout attraction. Taking place at the lovingly deemed “America’s Stadium”, the Rose Bowl Stadium, two of the top teams from the Pac-12 and Big Tem will take to the field at 1:00 PM for the 106th edition of this legendary tradition. Because the final results of this college football season are still undecided, we cannot name the two powerhouse teams that will be taking the field. Yet the game is more than just who raises the Leishman Trophy in the end, as the main reason so many attend is being able to witness one of the oldest sporting traditions in America for themselves.
So, get ready for this historic celebration! Enjoy an exciting day at Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl Game, then plan to come back and relax in style at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. Take advantage of not only our upscale amenities and the comfort of our modernly-appointed accommodations but our convenient location, adjacent to the Hollywood Burbank Airport for those flying in for the event.