Activity note: Hotel check-in is available from 3:00 p.m. POST-PROGRAM OPTION: If you would like to extend your time in the Los Angeles area, please consider joining us on our 4-day Program 22532, “Extension: Urban Gardens of Los Angeles”. The program is based in downtown Los Angeles and Road Scholar coordinates transportation from one hotel to the other. If you wish to enroll in the optional extension program, please contact Road Scholar Participant Services at 800-454-5768.
Afternoon: Important Note: Participants will be assigned to one of thirteen groups for organizational purposes. If you are traveling with other individuals and wish to be in the same group, please be sure to identify one another on your Participant Information Forms. Obtain your color group assignment and orientation room location from a Road Scholar staff person in the hotel lobby starting at 2:00 p.m. At 4:00 p.m., your group leader will provide your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. All program-related transportation will be via private motorcoach. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
Dinner: Enjoy a plated dinner in the hotel's banquet room. The meal will include a salad, entrée (including vegetarian), and dessert, plus coffee, tea, or water and a glass of wine or bottled beer; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Crossing Points is a time for getting to know one another better and what we may have in common beyond a love of learning. Then settle in, relax, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.
Activity note: Depending on the float organization, we will work a minimum of 4 hours and a maximum of 8 hours including a lunch break. You will be standing, bending, and reaching while working on floats as directed by float organizers. Some floats will require an early morning departure, as early as 6:00 a.m., from the hotel. Some groups may have afternoon or evening float decorating shifts. Please read the "Special Notes" section for more details about float decorating.
Breakfast: In the hotel banquet room, our daily breakfast buffet offers a rotating variety of choices including an egg dish, breakfast meat, hot/cold cereals, fruit, yogurt, assorted breads, milk, juices, coffee, tea, and water.
Morning: This is what you’ve been waiting for: experiencing the magic that goes into actually creating the Rose Parade® floats! We’ll transfer you to one of the "float barns" to work alongside experienced professionals and help apply materials under their guidance. Rose Parade® rules require that every inch of each float be covered with flowers or other natural materials such as fruits, vegetables, leaves, seeds, or bark. Our participation will be a significant factor since parade officials estimate that it takes 60 volunteers working 10 hours a day for 10 days to decorate just one float.
Lunch: Lunch will be provided at your float decorating site. Depending on your assigned location, lunch may be a boxed lunch or a lunch provided by local service organizations for the float decorators.
Afternoon: Continue decorating a float/floats at your designated facility. Afterwards, we will return to the hotel.
Dinner: Buffet at the hotel.
Evening: We’ll view the documentary Here Comes the Band that takes a look at how high school bands compete to get into the Rose Parade®. Follow the application and selection process and the fundraising activities necessary to support their desire to participate in the ultimate parade.
Activity note: Seats for Bandfest are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early arrival to get a good seat involves standing in line 30-60 minutes until the stadium opens. To reach the seats, climb a flight of stairs and then go downstairs to seats (elevator available in rear of stadium). Our metal bleacher seats have backs, but you may wish to may bring a stadium cushion since we will be seated for several hours. This event takes place rain or shine.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: From the hotel, we will transfer to a local auditorium where a series of three morning presentations will begin with a talk given by a member of the Community Relations Committee of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Association. We will learn about the parade and, in particular, the 935 “White Suiters”. These volunteers wear clearly distinctive uniforms and work tirelessly to ensure the success of the parade and football game. Next, we will meet a former Rose Queen who will share her personal story about the Rose Queen selection process and responsibilities. Through an intensive selection process, the Tournament of Roses® “Queen and Court” committee seeks participants with the best combination of poise, personality, public speaking ability and scholastic achievement. Approximately a thousand young women from over two dozen area high schools apply each year. They are required to complete a detailed application meeting age and academic requirements. Those selected meet in person with the committee members over the course of a month. That number is reduced to approximately 250 who are invited to return for further interviews, then 75, then 25 or so finalists. The committee selects the Royal Court from this group. Finally, we will hear from members of an equestrian unit that will appear in the parade. They will share information about the application process and what it takes to participate in the very special tradition. The equestrian talents are a unique aspect of the parade entertainment.
Lunch: Box lunches including a sandwich or wrap, chips or crackers, and bottled water are distributed before boarding the bus to Bandfest. We will arrive to Pasadena City College (the site for Bandfest) early in order to be one of the first to enter the stadium. A boxed lunch provides you with the flexibility to eat while we wait for the afternoon performance (either inside or outside of the stadium). You may chose to eat your lunch while waiting in line - Pasadena City College does not have any formal picnic areas on campus - or you may opt to enjoy your lunch while sitting on the grass. There are few benches outside the stadium.
Afternoon: Marching in the Rose Parade® is a coveted honor, with bands from all over the world as well as some of the nation's top high school, college, and organizational marching bands participating. While a few of these bands are invited guests, most compete for a limited number of spaces. The winners take part in Bandfest — a two-day event that displays each band and its auxiliary performers in their victorious routines. We watch these talented musicians, dancers, and auxiliary performers in action.
Dinner: Buffet at the hotel.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Walking and standing at your own pace; Stairs and elevators are available; The art at LACMA is displayed in six buildings on one to three floors in an area about two blocks long.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: Our first stop today is in the ballroom at the Westin Bonaventure hotel where we will hear from a local expert about the process, criteria, scoring, and significance of the various Tournament of Roses® float awards. For a change of pace, we will take a field trip to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Housing more than 120,000 works of art with permanent and rotating collections, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the Western United States.
Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. There are various restaurants and food trucks within a short walking distance of LACMA.
Afternoon: Continue your free day exploring LACMA. LACMA is located near the famous La Brea Tar Pits. Surrounding the museum complex, you will find an interesting display of tar seeps that have occurred naturally at this location for tens of thousands of years. Archaeologists have found a variety of large mammal bones and continue to excavate the area in search of amazing discoveries. Feel free to explore the outdoor art and wander the grounds at your leisure. After the museum, we’ll return to the hotel.
Dinner: Three-course plated meal at the hotel featuring a salad, entree and dessert. Ring in the New Year with a champagne toast.
Evening: New Year's Eve! We will celebrate together according to Eastern Standard Time. Get a good night's sleep. Tomorrow will be an exciting day! We will be departing the hotel early in the morning.
Activity note: Motorcoaches depart the hotel for the parade as early as 6:15 a.m. (check your schedule for your exact departure time and location). Upon arrival (in front of Pasadena City College), we climb bleachers to our reserved seats. These metal bleacher seats do not have backs so as not to restrict leg room for people sitting behind. You may want to bring a stadium cushion (without a back) since we will be seated for several hours.
Breakfast: Early at the hotel.
Morning: The Rose Parade® is an unequaled spectacle and celebration of flowers, music, and sport. Pasadena greets each new year with spectacular pageantry. This is the 129th time this magnificent parade has rolled. As you watch the beautiful floats — including ours! — glide by, marvel at the brilliance and imagination that went into creating each and every one. After the parade, we will return to the hotel.
Lunch: Enjoy a plated meal in the hotel's banquet room. The meal will include an entrée (including vegetarian) and dessert, plus coffee, tea, or water; other beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. If you are interested in attending the Rose Bowl Game®, make arrangements well in advance.
Dinner: Buffet at the hotel.
Evening: Enjoy musical entertainment just for us!
Activity note: Check out of the hotel before our field trip and take your luggage to the font desk for holding. Airport transportation can be arranged in advance via SuperShuttle. Motorcoaches depart for Post Parade at 6:15 a.m. Round trip walking distance is 2.4 miles; elevation change is 80’ loss in the first 0.7 miles; return to bus includes 80’ elevation gain up the hill in the last 0.7 mile; allow twice as much time for the return trip up the hill. No seating along route.
Breakfast: Early at the hotel.
Morning: After every Rose Parade®, the floral masterpieces are parked and on exhibition to examine the design and workmanship that goes into these floats in close detail—a Pasadena tradition for more than a century. You can walk almost within arm's reach to appreciate the imagination and work that created these floral displays. Bring your camera! We will return to the hotel by approximately 11:00 a.m. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!