WASHINGTON, January 1, 2015 — The 126th annual Rose Parade will take place on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California.
The parade will kick off at 8a.m. PT/ 11a.m. ET with the theme “Inspiring Stories” and will last for two hours.
The parade route will begin on the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena. The floats, bands, horses and drum corps will then turn east onto Colorado Boulevard. Toward the end of the route, the parade will turn north onto Sierra Madre Boulevard, before finishing at Villa Street.
Streets will be closed as nearly one million spectators are expected to line the parade route this year. (see map below) Spectators begin to line up along the streets for curbside viewing a day before the parade.
The Rose Parade will be broadcast live in the U.S. on ABC, NBC, HGTV, KTLA5, Univision, Red TV, Family Net, Sky Link, and the Hallmark Channel.
The full event guide can be downloaded here.
This year’s parade will feature the usual floral floats, marching bands, and equestrian units as they march down the five-and-a-half mile route along Colorado Boulevard.
The floats are covered with thousands of flowers, leaves, seeds and bark. According to the Tournament of Roses website, each float is decorated with more flowers than an average florist will use in five years.
The Rose Queen for 2015 Tournament of Roses is 17-year-old Madison Triplett. Triplett plans to attend college and major in economics. In addition to her goal of one day being a CFO, she wants to start a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating minorities on financial literacy.
The Grand Marshal will be Louis Zamperini, Olympian and World War II prisoner. He passed away earlier this year, but this year’s Tournament of Roses is dedicated to honoring him as the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Parade.
Zamperini wrote his life story “Devil at My Heels,” which was later retold in the best-selling book “Unbroken,” which became a New York Times best-seller. The book was then released as a movie of the same title.
The 2015 Rose Parade will be a tribute to a world of dreams and the 101st Rose Bowl Game, which will take place at 1:30 p.m. PT / 4:30p.m. ET on New Year’s Day Last minute tickets for the game can be purchased here.
This year, Oregon and Florida State are set to face each other. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN TV.