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Pasadena Rose Parade

January 1, 2012 by staff 

Pasadena Rose ParadePasadena Rose Parade, The 2012 Rose Parade, which takes place on Monday, January 2nd in accordance with the “Never On A Sunday” tradition, steps off at 8am PST.

Southern Californians who make the trek to watch the parade in person face traffic, limited parking and limited space along the 5.5 mile parade route — but that won’t stop the approximately 700,000 people who are expected to make it out there. The OC Register’s infographic guide to the Rose Parade notes that parking “is a nightmare,” but that savvy spectators would be wise to park on Pasadena streets starting at noon the day before the parade. The parade steps off on South Orange Grove Boulevard and Green Street and then marches east on Colorado Boulevard. The parade ends by turning north on Sierra Madre Boulevard and stopping at Villa Street. Check out a list of street closures related to the Rose Parade.

The rest of us can watch live coverage of the events on KTLA (which is also doing a live feed online), and East Coast viewers can catch it on local ABC and NBC stations from 11am to 1pm EST. National channels covering the parade include the Hallmark Channel, Home & Garden and Univision, according to the SF Examiner.

As for those who are interested in this year’s unofficial float, Gigaom reports that Spencer Miller will be broadcasting Occupy The Rose Parade online. Details to be announced on Miller’s twitter feed.

Leading the parade in its 123rd year is Grand Marshall J.R. Martinez, a military veteran turned inspirational speaker and actor (and the 2011 champion of Dancing With The Stars). In a press conference on Friday, Martinez expressed both gratitude and disbelief about his role in the upcoming parade. “It’s really going to be amazing… I think that’s really going to hit me in an emotional way,” he said. “To think, here I am bringing in 2012 in such an unbelievable way.”

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