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99th Rose Bowl Game: What You Need To Know If You Go

If you plan to make the annual trek from Dana Point or Laguna Niguel to Pasadena -- whether it's to see the game or the floats -- here is what you need to know.

The Pac 12 champion Stanford Cardinal will play the Big 10 champion
Wisconsin Badgers in the 99th Rose Bowl Game on New Year's Day in Pasadena.

The trip is about 60 miles from Laguna Niguel or Dana Point, one way.

The theme for the 124th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade is "Oh, The Places You'll Go.''

With tens of thousands of people expected to camp out Monday night for prime Rose Parade spots, Pasadena police and fire officials have issued a list of guidelines to keep parade-goers safe and within the law.

Additionally, Pasadena police ask fans who will be attending Tuesday's Rose Bowl to be respectful of each other and the residents of homes near the stadium.

"We do want people who plan to attend the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl
game to have a good time,'' Pasadena Police Department Deputy Chief Darryl
Qualls told City News Service.

"We want to make sure in their ability to have a good time attendees
realize and respect there are other people attending the event and we ask
everyone to be respectful of each other.

"If you are going to have a gathering at your home or in your RV, be
mindful of your neighbors and others who may be camping around you.''

The quest for a problem-free time for fans includes a set of tailgating guidelines instituted by stadium officials following the 2010 UCLA-USC football game when two people were stabbed in a fight outside the stadium before the game.

Among the rules and regulations governing parade-goers are:

   -- Overnight camping is permitted Monday night only.

   -- A permanent spot on a sidewalk can be kept by standing vigil,
starting at noon Monday. The traditional Rose Parade "blue line'' along the
street is the honor line. People and their belongings must remain on the curb until 11 p.m. Monday, when they can move to the honor line.

-- Small grills must be kept at least a foot off the ground and must be
25 feet from buildings and other combustible items. Those cooking along the
parade route need to have a fire extinguisher and water on hand.

-- People younger than 18 are allowed along the parade route between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. only with an adult.

-- Overnight campers should dress for the cold. Children and senior
citizens should overdress, in layers, to guard against hypothermia.

-- Stay hydrated and eat regularly to avoid becoming dehydrated.

-- Report any suspicious activities or unattended packages to
authorities along the parade route. 

-- In case of emergency, call (626) 744-4241 from a cell phone, or 911
from a land line and be ready to give a location.

Things that are banned along the parade route include:

   -- Tents, sofas and boxes that an be used as stools or seats;

   -- Unoccupied chairs;

   -- Bonfires; and

   -- Fireworks, except as part of scheduled official events.

City and parade officials also noted no people or groups can march
in the parade unless they have been approved by the Tournament of Roses.

Items may not be sold along the parade route without a permit, and no
public areas -- sidewalks, curbs, gutters, streets -- can be cordoned or roped off. It is also illegal to buy, sell or give away horns on the parade route, and selling space along the route is illegal.

Pets are not recommended because they are easily frightened by sudden, loud noises.

Spectators also may not throw any projectiles into the parade, including
seemingly harmless items such as tortillas, marshmallows or flowers.

Vehicles obstructing emergency lanes will be towed, and walking in the
street is not permitted during the parade. Open containers of alcohol are
illegal on public streets, sidewalks or other areas.

Because of large crowds, police will resolve any problems quickly and
remove from the scene anyone who violates the law or disturbs the peace.

During the parade, it is typical for the Pasadena Fire Department to
respond to more than twice the number of normal calls because of hypothermia, illegal burning, miscellaneous medical issues, assaults and alcohol-related matters.

Need More Info:

The information line is intended to help answer visitors' questions about getting to and from the events in Pasadena on New Year's Day and other logistical questions.

Locals or out-of-town visitors with questions were urged to call (877) 793-9911.

The hotline will be open at the following times:   

-- Monday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

-- Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

-- Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Information about the events can also be found online at
tournamentofroses.com/ and rosebowlstadium.com/.

-- City News Service

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