Attention Wisconsin Badgers and Stanford Cardinal! An Insider’s Guide to the Rose Parade, Rose Bowl Game and Pasadena

by Lian on December 26, 2012

Bucky Badger Rocks the Rose Parade 2012

Step aside, Santa! All Hail, Queen Vanessa! Time to move on, people, at least here in Pasadena where things really pick up as we head towards New Year’s Day. Onto the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game. Welcome Wisconsin, Stanford and all you Bandies from all over. 

Dr. Jane Goodall, Grand Marshall 2013 She looks like a real football fan, doesn't she?

As a public service, a few posts from years past that cover all your Parade, Game and Pasadena Insider Tips:

An Insiders Guide to the Rose Parade, the Rose Bowl and all things Pasadena

My guide to the Rose Parade from

 Hometown Pasadena a great local website for all your food, drink, and hotel needs

The Tournament of Roses Official site for info on transportation, all events, float viewing and BandFest

and one more:

A Dream Come True! Rose Queen for a Day


Remember to wear your school colors, wave to the Queen, shout Happy New Year and don’t worry, it never rains on New Years Day in Pasadena!

Embrace your Chaos



Cyndi December 28, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Love Jane Goodall big time.

Lian December 28, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Oh, that is SUCH a nice gesture on your behalf. That float is always so emotional to see, with the ‘floragraphs’ of the organ donors and then the recipients from all over the country on the float. Very, very meaningful float, one that chokes me up every year.


t3zoo December 27, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Hi Lian,
I thought you would appreciate knowing that on the Donate Life float, there is a rose in memory of the son of a friend of mine. The boy died tragically three years ago at the age of ten. When I saw their post about the float on facebook, I somehow felt connected to it, through your interest in the Rose Parade, something I never really knew about before listening to the Chaos Chronicles.
Hope you’re doing ok.

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