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Rose Parade: 'A cut above the rest'

December 31, 2009

The 121st Rose Parade steps off Friday at 8 a.m., led by grand marshal Capt. Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, who famously landed a US Airways jet safely in the Hudson River last January.

The theme of this year's parade in Pasadena is "A cut above the rest."

General information

Call (626) 449-ROSE or (877) 793-9911. Visit tournamentofroses.com or visitpasadena.com or ci.pasadena.ca.us.

Some spectator rules

* Overnight camping along the parade route is permitted on the night before the parade only. Do not arrive before noon Thursday.

* All people and their belongings (blankets, chairs, etc.) must remain on the curb until 11 p.m. Thursday, when spectators may move out to the blue honor line.

* No public areas (sidewalks, curbs, etc.) may be cordoned or roped off.

* No tents, sofas, ladders, scaffolding or boxes.

* No bonfires.

* No walking in the street.

Street and freeway ramp closures

* Colorado and Sierra Madre boulevards along the parade route will be closed to most traffic from 8 p.m. Thursday until after the parade passes Friday.

* Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards in the post-parade float viewing area will close at 4 p.m. Thursday and reopen Monday morning.

* Drivers are advised to avoid the parade formation area after 8 p.m. Thursday until about 11 a.m. Friday. Most streets and freeway ramps in the area will be closed or restricted to local traffic. The formation area is roughly bounded by Columbia Street on the south, Arroyo Boulevard on the west, Colorado Boulevard on the north and Arroyo Parkway on the east.

* In addition, eastbound and westbound offramps from the 210 Freeway at Sierra Madre Boulevard will be closed after 8 p.m. Thursday and will reopen about 4 p.m. Friday. Those ramps may also be closed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Parking

* Overnight on-street parking is allowed starting at noon Thursday for that night only.

* Paid parking is offered in numerous lots along the parade route.

* Reserved parking for automobiles, buses and RVs is available through Easy Parking Service (626) 286-7576, Sharp Seating (626) 795-4171 and others.

* Limited RV parking is available next to the Rose Bowl at Brookside Park.

Public transportation

* Metro Rail Gold Line stations at Del Mar Boulevard, Memorial Park and Lake and Allen avenues are all within a short walk of the parade route.

* The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will provide regular bus service to areas near the parade. For more information, call (800) COMMUTE or visit mta.net.

Live network broadcasts

* KNBC-TV (Channel 4)

* KTLA-TV (Channel 5)

* KABC-TV (Channel 7)

* Hallmark Channel

* HGTV

* RFD-TV

* Travel Channel

* Univision

Post-parade float viewing

* Floats will be on display for public viewing along Sierra Madre Boulevard between Paloma Street and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue and along Washington Boulevard between Sierra Madre and Woodlyn Road.

* Hours are Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 7 to 9 a.m. for the disabled and senior citizens, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for everyone.

* Admission is $7, free for children 5 and younger.

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Sources: Tournament of Roses, Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pasadena Department of Public Works, Sharp Seating Co.

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