With the Rose Parade right around the corner, Pasadena police and fire officials issued their annual warnings Wednesday about what people can and cannot do while camping out and waiting for the floral procession to begin.
As usual, security will be tight along the parade route, and anyone found violating the law or creating a disturbance will be removed from the area. Parade viewers are asked to report any suspicious activity and call 911 in the event of an emergency, or call (626) 744-4241 for non-emergencies.
For people looking to get a jump on viewing locations for the New Year’s Day parade, overnight camping along the route will be permitted only the night of Dec. 31. Viewers can claim a spot along the route beginning at noon Dec. 31, but all people and property such as blankets and chairs must remain on the curb until 11 p.m. After 11 p.m., spectators can move out to the blue “Honor Line” on the street.
The following rules will be strictly enforced:
— Small, professionally made barbecues that are elevated at least 1 foot off the ground are permitted along the route, but they must be at least 25 feet from buildings and other combustibles. A fire extinguisher also must be readily available.
— People under age 18 will only be permitted on the parade route from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. if they are supervised by an adult.
— Parade-goers should be prepared for cold weather and dress in layers.
— Tents, sofas or boxes that can be used as stools or seats are prohibited along the route.
— Bonfires along the route are prohibited.
— No items can be sold along the route without a city permit.
— Selling spaces along the parade route is prohibited.
— Horns may not be sold, given away or purchased along the route.
— No public areas can be roped off.
— Ladders or scaffolding that can be used for elevated viewing of the parade are prohibited.
— Open containers of alcohol are prohibited on public streets and sidewalks and other public areas.
Colorado Boulevard will close to traffic at 10 p.m. Dec. 31 and remain closed until after the parade and ensuing cleanup.
Detailed information on parade rules and safety tips is available online at www.visitpasadena.com or www.cityofpasadena.net/police.