Rose Parade Float Run
New Years Morning - 6:00 AM

Exception, on the 2nd of January if the 1st falls on a Sunday.
Last update January 2, 2017
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We meet our tour leaders, Bob and Sue Spears, at 6:00 AM on the west end of the Colorado Blvd Bridge. - aka Suicide Bridge. This is near the junction with Linda Vista Ave. Wear your Foothill Flyers sweat shirt or shirt on top with layers under if cold. Bring a camera, flashlight and FRS walkie talkie set to channel 6.0. We will jog and walk by all the Rose Parade floats on Orange Grove going down the east side side with a short detour east on Del Mar to see the bands and special entries - see the map on right. Then you can either come back on the west side of the floats or if you have had enough and want to run, turn right (West) and come back up on Arroyo or even down in the wash back to the middle of the Colorado Blvd. bridge for the flyover at 8:04 AM. Following the flyover, back to your car and on to the Nano Cafe for breakfast arriving about 8:30am - North side of Duarte Road just east of Mayflower. Take the Huntington Dr. off ramp from the 210 east bound, and go east to Mayflower. Turn right and then left on Duarte Rd. - map.

Run Directions: Despite all the traffic trying to get to the parade route, it is actually easy to get to the run start and park - download map directions. Get off the 134 freeway at San Rafael and on the south side of the freeway, turn right on Colorado Blvd. Turn left on San Rafael Ave and find a place to park on the street.
If trapped in Pasadena south of Colorado, east of Orange Grove and west of Sierra Madre Blvd, try going south to South Pasadena. Take Mission west, right on Grand which will merge with Arroyo blvd. Turn left and go over the La Loma Rd bridge. Then right on San Rafael - see Google map.


Click on the map above to download and print a copy to take with you to the run. From the Bridge we take Grand Ave down to Maylin to get to Orange Grove and the floats. The last float is usually at Bellefontaine. You can run West to Arroyo Blvd and find your way back to the bridge or walk back up the West side of the floats until it gets too crowded, turn left and back up Grand Ave.
See the photos from the 2013 and 2014 runs.


Group at the 6AM start

We were smiling because 2017 brought 57 degrees and the rain had stopped for the float run.

Group in front of the Sierra Madre float

The group can't believe they got all the flowers on the Sierra Madre float after seeing it the previous Wednesday night on the club run. No fast food floats this year so we did not get to see Ronald McDonald.

Todor with the Uno float

Todor could not join the club on the run because he worked it as a White Suiter minding the Uno float.

Chief Manny of the Noiz Indians float

Noiz Indian Chief Manny was amazed to find a float dedicated with his likeness in the parade.

B2 bomber flyover  

Fly over of the B2 bomber at 8:04AM as we regrouped at the bridge. 2011 photo and 2012 video.

B2 bomber and bridge lights

Another view of the B2 as it flew over the bridge.

breakfast after the parade at Nano Cafe

22 showed up for breakfast at the Nano Cafe after the 2017 parade.


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