The Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau began operating its annual “Visitors Hotline” Monday to provide information for residents and tourists in town for the Rose Bowl and Rose Parade about local attractions and rules for attending the annual floral procession on Colorado Boulevard.

The hotline — (877) 793-9911 — will operate until 5 p.m. Monday, then 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

More than 60 volunteers will staff the hotline, providing information about events surrounding the football game and parade, post-parade events and New Year’s Eve activities.

Meanwhile, Pasadena city officials reminded people to remember key rules for spectators hoping to snag prime viewing locations for Thursday’s parade:

— Overnight camping is permitted only on Wednesday night.

— People can begin grabbing positions along the parade route beginning at noon Wednesday. People and their belongings must remain on the curb until 11 p.m. Wednesday, when spectators can then move out to the blue “honor line.”

— Small, professionally made barbecues that are at least one foot off the ground are permitted along the parade route as long as they are 25 feet from buildings or other combustibles. A fire extinguisher must be available at all times.

— People under age 18 can be on the parade route from 10 p.m. to Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday only if they are supervised by an adult.

— The weather is expected to be cold, so spectators are urged to dress appropriately, and also drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.

— Spectators are urged to report any suspicious activity, and call 911 in emergencies. For non-emergencies, police can be reached at (626) 744-4241.

Police also stressed that no drones or other remote-controlled aircraft are permitted on the parade route from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. No tents, sofas or boxes that can be used as stools or seats are allowed, and unoccupied chairs will be removed from the parade route. Bonfires, fireworks and horns are also prohibited.

Smoking and open containers of alcohol are also banned.

City officials also advised residents to avoid buying food from unauthorized vendors, noting that people should see or ask for a health permit from vendors to ensure they are legitimate.

City News Service

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