Tournament of Roses in Pasadena

Tournament of Roses 2015 Royal Court
The 2015 Royal Court: 97th Rose Queen Madison Elaine Triplett (center) and the Rose Princesses. | Photo courtesy of Tournament of Roses, Facebook

For more than a century, the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena has been a festival of flowers, music and sports celebrated by a parade and college football. But the Tournament is much more: 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. From the pre-bowl game feasting at Lawry’s Beef Bowl, to the spectacular Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game on New Year's Day, the Tournament of Roses is a Southern California tradition that is unequaled anywhere in the world. Get tickets for any of the below events by visiting the Tournament of Roses official website.

Rose Bowl tickets & hospitality packages

Visitors and locals alike can avoid the hassles of traffic and parking by taking the Metro Rail to the parade and game. The Gold Line’s Del Mar, Memorial Park, Lake and Allen stations are just a short walk from the parade route. For the Rose Bowl game, take the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station in Pasadena. Then it's a short walk to the Parsons Parking Lot B, where you can board a shuttle that takes you right up to the gate. Shuttle service to the Rose Bowl is free and begins at 10 a.m. on January 1. For detailed information on riding Metro to the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl game, visit the Metro blog, The Source.

Lawry’s Beef Bowl (Dec. 27-28, 2014)

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Since its inception prior to the 1957 Rose Bowl Game, the Lawry’s Beef Bowl has become one of college football’s most enduring pre-bowl game traditions, one of the highlights of the week leading up to “The Granddaddy of Them All.” The Beef Bowl is a pair of private dinner events hosted annually by Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills, honoring the players and coaches of each Rose Bowl-bound team. Attendees include Tournament of Roses officials, the Rose Queen, Royal Court and media. For the first several years, Lawry’s catered the meal on the practice field for the Big Ten teams and fed the Pac-12 champions in the Beverly Hills restaurant. Since 1965, both teams have dined in the restaurant on separate evenings prior to the Rose Bowl Game.

Historically, odds favored the team that ate the most prime rib to win the Rose Bowl Game. The team record is held by the Purdue Boilermakers, with 734 pounds devoured at the 2000 Beef Bowl. The player record was set in 1978 by former Michigan Wolverine Ed Muransky, who consumed eight plates of prime rib, mashed potatoes, corn and Yorkshire pudding - a belt-busting total of eight pounds of beef. Today, the Beef Bowl is no longer considered a competition and Lawry’s has stopped publicizing how much each team eats. Lawry’s limits the amount of prime rib it serves each player to a 16-ounce cut and a 12-ounce second helping.

Float Decorating (Dec. 27-31, 2014)

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Experience the magic of the floats before they make their debut in the 2015 Rose Parade. Get a backstage glimpse of the floral floats in their final stages of preparation at any of three locations. See a variety of fruit, seeds, bark, grasses and flowers being applied to the floats by experienced professionals as well as hard working volunteers. All volunteer decorating opportunities are organized directly by the float builders. For more information, schedules and advance tickets, visit the Tournament of Roses page.

Equestfest (Dec. 29, 2014)

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Equestfest is a family-friendly event that takes place on Monday, Dec. 29 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. Equestfest showcases many of the equestrian units that will participate in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, with beautiful horses and talented riders performing drills and dances, and demonstrating trick riding and roping. Attendees can stroll through the stables, talk to the riders, learn about the various tack and the many different breeds. Great music as well as food and beverage concessions are also on site. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and the show begins at “High Noon,” rain or shine. Advance ticket info can be found on the Tournament of Roses website. Tickets may also be purchased at the venue beginning at 10:30 a.m. on the day of the event, pending availability. Parking is available at the venue for $5 per vehicle.

Bandfest (Dec. 29-30, 2014)

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Bandfest features the outstanding bands selected to participate in the 2015 Rose Parade. Each band, along with its auxiliary performers, will present the field show that has led to its success. Three Bandfest events will take place over two days at Pasadena City College: Monday, Dec. 29 (1-4 p.m.) and Tuesday, Dec. 30 (9 a.m.-noon, 2-4:30 p.m.). For ticket info and full schedule, visit the Tournament of Roses page.

Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (Dec. 30, 2014)

The Rose Bowl Hall of Fame was established in 1989 to honor members of the Rose Bowl Game family who have contributed to the history and excitement of the game. The Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place at noon during a luncheon at the Pasadena Convention Center on Tuesday, Dec. 30. The 2014 Rose Bowl Hall of Fame class is headlined by Knute Rockne, Dick Vermeil and Ki-Jana Carter, who join a group of legendary football greats during the induction ceremony and press conference that follows. A limited number of tickets to the ceremony are available to the public.

Kickoff Luncheon (Dec. 31, 2014)

The Kickoff Luncheon is a dynamic mid-day pep rally that takes place at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at Rose Bowl Stadium. Celebrity sportscasters present the university coaches, athletes, marching bands and pep squads of the teams participating in the 101st Rose Bowl Game. Honored guests include this year's Rose Bowl Hall of Fame inductees and the Rose Queen and Royal Court. The luncheon takes place in a tent just outside the Rose Bowl. Tickets for this event are $90 and free parking is available in Lot K.

126th ROSE PARADE (JAN. 1, 2015)

City of Los Angeles float in the 2014 Rose Parade
City of Los Angeles float in the 2014 Rose Parade | Photo courtesy of Prayitno, Discover L.A. Flickr group

With the theme of “Inspiring Stories," the 126th Rose Parade is taking place on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 at 8 a.m. (PST) featuring spectacular floral floats, marching bands from across the country, and high-stepping equestrian units. The late Louis Zamperini, an Olympian and World War II prisoner of war, was named the Grand Marshal for the 2015 Rose Parade. Despite Zamperini's passing, the Tournament of Roses is dedicated to honoring this true American hero as Grand Marshal. Tickets for reserved grandstand seating are priced from $48 to $95. Curbside viewing is also available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Post Parade: A Showcase of Floats (Jan. 1-3, 2015)

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Post Parade: A Showcase of Floats is a unique opportunity for the viewing public to see the majestic beauty and splendor of the floats in close detail. After every Rose Parade, the floral masterpieces are parked along Sierra Madre and Washington Boulevards in Pasadena and exhibited for visitors to walk within a few feet and appreciate their design and workmanship. Viewing times are 1-5 p.m. on Jan. 1, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 2-3. Senior citizens and disabled visitors are welcome 7-9 a.m. on Jan. 2. Comfortable shoes are recommended - viewing all the floats requires walking about 2.5 miles. Allow two hours for this breathtaking display and don't forget your camera. Advance tickets are $10. Tickets may also be purchased at the venue until 3 p.m. each day of the event.

Rose Bowl Game Tailgate Parties (Jan. 1, 2015)

2013 Alumni Tailgate Party | Photo courtesy of Tournament of Roses (Rose Bowl Game), Facebook

Before the kickoff of the 101st Rose Bowl Game, the historic stadium is hosting two tailgate parties: Public and Alumni. The Public Tailgate Party activities are free and begin at 8 a.m. A variety of food and beverages are available for purchase. Enjoy the interactive displays and entertainment attractions located on Lot H, just south of Rose Bowl Stadium. The alumni associations of the two participating schools have designated areas for their official Alumni Tailgate Parties, which take place on the golf course at Brookside Golf Club, just north of the stadium. Contact the alumni associations for more details.

Rose Bowl Game (Jan. 1, 2015)

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The 101st Rose Bowl Game features two of the top college football teams in the nation. The Rose Bowl Game is a College Football Playoff semifinal game taking place on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 at Rose Bowl Stadium. Pre-game activities begin 1:30 p.m. (PST). This game will match two teams as selected by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee to compete for a spot in the College Football Playoff Championship to be played on Jan. 12, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Known as the “The Granddaddy of Them All” for being the oldest bowl game, the Rose Bowl Game was first played in 1902, and has been played annually since 1916. Over the years, this college football classic has showcased 17 Heisman Trophy Winners, produced 29 national champions, featured 203 consensus All-Americans and honored 110 college football legends by inducting them into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.