If it’s on your “bucket list” then this is the year to do it! Now is the time to plan to experience – in person – the 127th Rose Parade themed, “Find Your Adventure,” filled with the magic of New Year’s Day. It is truly an unrivaled spectacle, exclusive to the streets of Pasadena and alive with good will and awesome celebration!
The theme builds upon a year of inspiring stories, 2016 Tournament of Roses® President Mike Matthiessen has encouraged communities across the country to take action through the 127th Rose Parade® theme, “Find Your Adventure.”
Adventures can range in size and splendor. Through them we learn about ourselves, others and our surrounding environment – but first we have to find them. Of course the Tournament of Roses is leading by example, and has embarked on an adventure of its own by collaborating with the National Park Service for the 2016 Rose Parade. “As proponents of the American spirit, we encourage people to find beauty in the landscape that builds the backdrop of their lives,” said Matthiessen. With the aim of preserving history, connecting people through real-life experiences and engaging the public in new adventure through this exceptional alliance, the 2016 Rose Parade will shine light on the centennial celebration of our nation’s national parks.
“Our hope for the New Year is that however you define it, you will find your adventure and enrich your life,” said Matthiessen. How appropriate, Interlude has always sought to enrich your life through travel…like minds. Since every person’s adventure is different – you may find yours at the top of a mountain while mine is on a beach somewhere; your adventure may be extraordinary while mine is very familiar. Our hope for the New Year is that however you define it, you will find your adventure and enrich your life.
Every New Year’s Day, the world focuses its attention on Pasadena, California, USA, home of the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. It’s a celebration more than a century old – a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere else in the world. It’s America’s New Year Celebration, a greeting to the world on the first day of the year, and a salute to the community spirit and love of pageantry that have thrived in Pasadena for more than 100 years.
You will be lucky enough to have a spot along the Rose Parade route are treated to a two-hour parade of magnificent floral floats, talented marching bands, and high-stepping equestrians. The 5 1/2-mile Rose Parade route begins at the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena. The parade travels north on Orange Grove at a leisurely 2 1/2-mile per hour pace and then turns east onto Colorado Boulevard, where the majority of the parade viewing takes place. Near the end of the route, the parade turns north onto Sierra Madre Boulevard and concludes at Villa Street.
Please note, prohibited items along the parade route include: weapons, sticks, poles, drones, glass bottles and any items which may cause injury or interfere with the parade or spectators’ enjoyment of the parade.
As each New Year’s Day approaches, the United States Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band members don their dress blue uniforms and march in perfect step down Colorado Boulevard. The band is made up of three Southern California Marine Bands and while those three bands individually perform over 300 times a year, the Rose Parade is the only event that brings them together as a single performance unit. Each member is fully combat-trained, and many have completed tours of duty in Iraq and/or Afghanistan. We urge you to stand to acknowledge these Marines who are not only talented but very brave.
The Rose Parade is only one of the wonderful experiences you will enjoy on this fully escorted journey to Southern California. Please review the complete itinerary and book your trip right away and we will be only too happy to help you “Find Your Adventure”!
Eadie, Interlude Blog Team”Find
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