Rose Parade Floats are a celebration of Southern California
WHY WE LOVE PASADENA
SoCal Cities are highlight of parade
Pasadena’s annual New Year’s celebration, the world-famous Rose Parade, gave its founders the opportunity to bask in Pasadena’s crisp sunshine, green hills, and blue mountains in the month of January, while their East Coast friends and former neighbors shivered in the old snowy climate.
A recent photo from the 1928 Rose Parade, posted by the “Beverly Hills Historic Preservation” Facebook page, reminded me that, at its core the Rose Parade was and still is a celebration of the entire sunny Southern California region. The city of Pasadena hosts the parade, and neighboring cities send floats to represent their own communities.
It’s worth highlighting those “city” floats, so that they don’t get lost amid the Honda, Disneyland, Trader Joe’s, and other more corporate entries.
About the DPNA:
The Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association is the voice of the residents of the Central District of Pasadena, California.
We meet monthly on the Third Thursday at 6:30pm in the Gamble Lounge of Pasadena Presbyterian Church at 585 E Colorado Blvd.
The DPNA promotes a walkable urban lifestyle in a city that is vibrant with thriving businesses, excellent arts, good government, and active public spaces.
The DPNA advocates for urban parks, wider sidewalks, pedestrian-biased street design, bike lanes, trees & shrubbery, mixed-use & transit-oriented development, enduring architecture, a streetcar, and other amenities that improve life for residents of an urban city center.
Downtown Pasadena is defined roughly as the 210 freeway (north), Catalina Ave (east), California Blvd (south), and Pasadena Ave (west).
We send out 1-2 emails per month with updates about what we’re doing.