As the new year nears, people cannot wait to see what the Rose Parade 2016 will bring. The Rose Parade, which is the main attraction of the Tournament of Roses new year festival in Pasadena, has indeed become a significant part of new year celebrations in the United States. Those who want to catch it but cannot be in the Pasadena streets live can watch the event unfold via online streaming.
The 127th Rose Parade is the most colorful event held on January 1, 2016, leading to the Rose Bowl college football game later in the day. It can be compared to the popular Mummers Parade of the east coast in Philadelphia. On this day, those residing in the west coast head to the Pasadena streets to join in the festival, where there is no shortage of music, fun, and color. Usually, the crowd turnout is remarkable, with hundreds of thousands lining the parade to watch it live.
Still, not everyone can make it on the venue. Those interested can also watch it via live TV coverage and online streaming. Throughout the years, millions choose these digital options to experience Rose Parade. Read further down the page to know where to watch via the Internet.
For those who cannot make it on the parade physically but want to witness something lively and colorful can watch it online. Local TV station KTLA5 will be streaming this parade online, live. Those interested can watch it via this link on the day.
The parade is an exciting and lengthy one. The show usually follows the town's main street, Colorado Boulevard. Parade participants organize first in front of the Tournament House. The start point is along South Orange Grove Boulevard, beginning at Ellis Street. The parade then continues through the Colorado Boulevard and to Sierra Madre Boulevard and ends at Paloma Street, close to Victory Park.
Those who want to make it to the parade live should make hotel and guest house reservations earlier. The area tends to be crowded on the day, and most hotels quickly booked up.
The public can buy tickets to see the two-hour, 5.5-mile parade here. For those who want to have hands-on experience, the Rose Parade's website presented a list of float builders that need volunteers from Dec. 27 to Dec. 31 that interested people can check out.
For secret spots to view the parade best, the President of Tournament of Roses Association, Mike Matthiessen shared that most of these sports are in the Old Town Pasadena. "A lot of the areas around Old Town, or where there aren't a lot of parking spaces available, those have slightly thinner crowds, but I'm not going to tell you they are," Matthiessen said.
When it comes to safety, viewers need not worry. Yahoo News reported that security is unprecedented for the parade this year. More than two dozen federal agencies are cooperating with police to offer a high level of security to the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, in response to the deadly mass shooting this month in nearby San Bernardino.