Drive up and down Colorado Blvd. and you will already feel the excitement… the Rose Parade is almost here, as testified by the grandstand seating that is all ready to go. Have you ever watched the Parade from that vantage point? Well, you could this year, and for free, if luck is on your side!
On Monday, Dec. 29, the 2015 Tournament of Roses Queen and Royal Court will help kick off the Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau’s 31st annual Visitor Hotline with a ticket prize giveaway to the Parade. The toll-free hotline (877-793-9911) is set up annually for five days only to answer visitors’ questions about the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game.
Rose Queen Madison Elaine Triplett and the Royal Court will make a special appearance at the Pasadena Convention Center from 9 -10 a.m. for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to kick off this year’s Visitors Hotline. They will then work the phones and take the year’s first calls to the hotline.
While that event is not open to the public, you can be eligible to win the Rose Parade tickets by following the Visitor Hotline on Twitter at @VisitPasadenaCA, on Facebook at /VisitPasadena, or on Instagram at #VisitPasadena. After the hotline opens on Dec. 29, simultaneous tweets, Facebook postings and Instagram alerts will be sent notifying followers when to respond through social media for a chance to win Rose Parade tickets. So get your social media ready to play!
Once the first calls are attended by the Queen and Royal Court, volunteers will take care of the hotline through Jan. 2. Aside from the parade and the game, they will answer questions about pre- and post activities, parade float decorating, parking, accommodations, dining, directions, other holiday-related events, and more.
Keep it in mind, in case you need some guidance during these hectic, yet fun, five days. The hours of operation will be:
Monday, Dec. 29 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 30 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 31 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 1-Friday, Jan. 2 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
I already bought my stand tickets. My daughter will be marching in the Parade with the Pasadena City College Honor Band and I could not be any more excited (you can count on seeing a few pictures from me next week!). So, because I already purchased them, I can tell you that they are $68 each, and therefore, the chance of getting a free ticket is actually worth playing along.
So get ready! It happens tomorrow!
Dena Burroughs photo