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Rose Parade®: A Heritage to Celebrate

Celebrate New Year’s Day at the Rose Parade® in Pasadena, learning about the parade’s history, watching award-winning bands and helping decorate a signature Rose Parade® float.
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Program No. 10515RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,949
Special Offer
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California

Rose Parade®: A Heritage to Celebrate

Celebrate New Year’s Day at the Rose Parade® in Pasadena, learning about the parade’s history, watching award-winning bands and helping decorate a signature Rose Parade® float.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,949
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Program No. 10515 RJ
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Hotel Luxury Hotel
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Comfortable accommodations that meet our high standards.

Accommodation Details

Upscale accommodations offering the best in comfort, service and amenities.

Dec 28 - Jan 2, 2022
Hotel 1,949
Luxury Hotel 2,349
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Sept. 30, 2021 to take $200 off the price shown!

DATES & PRICES

Hotel Luxury Hotel
Accommodation Details

Comfortable accommodations that meet our high standards.

Accommodation Details

Upscale accommodations offering the best in comfort, service and amenities.

Dec 28 - Jan 2, 2022
Hotel 2,299
Luxury Hotel 2,699
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Sept. 30, 2021 to take $200 off the price shown!

6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5B 3L 5D
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At a Glance

New Year’s Eve belongs to Times Square but New Year’s Day is all California’s and Pasadena’s with the Rose Parade®! Welcome the new year by attending the annual Rose Parade® and delight in the tradition and pageantry of magnificent floral floats, high-stepping equestrians and spirited marching bands.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile per day, standing for several hours, climbing stairs and sitting on bleacher seats without backs.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Learn the fascinating history of the parade from a Tournament of Roses insider and hear from a past Rose Queen about her reign.
  • Attend Bandfest to watch and listen to prize-winning bands performing field shows.
  • Become a part of the spectacle as you help decorate one of the elaborate Rose Parade® floats, attend the parade itself and view floats up close after the parade.

General Notes

One of our most popular events, this program is limited to 315 participants at each hotel, with many activities divided into smaller groups. If you are interested in seeing the Rose Parade® along with other popular Southern California sites while staying at a beachside hotel, take a look "The Best of California: The Reagan Library to the Channel Islands" (#14491) that also begins on December 28th.
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Julie King (former Rose Queen)
Julie Myers King, the 1988 Tournament of Roses® Queen, is a marketing specialist for the financial planning firm Hesen and Haslam. Previously, King worked as a paraprofessional for the Las Virgenes Unified School District, specializing in elementary education. Her experiences as Rose Queen include appearances on television shows and travels to Canada and Japan. In her spare time, she is an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 127 in Agoura Hills. She is the mother of two Eagle Scouts and a Life Scout.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Julie King (former Rose Queen) View biography
Julie Myers King, the 1988 Tournament of Roses® Queen, is a marketing specialist for the financial planning firm Hesen and Haslam. Previously, King worked as a paraprofessional for the Las Virgenes Unified School District, specializing in elementary education. Her experiences as Rose Queen include appearances on television shows and travels to Canada and Japan. In her spare time, she is an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 127 in Agoura Hills. She is the mother of two Eagle Scouts and a Life Scout.
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Kathleen Fitzgerald View biography
Kathleen has been a travel professional for over 40 years, and a Road Scholar Group Leader since 2012. She has led groups to Cuba, the Pacific Northwest, California, National Parks, and aboard small ships on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. She lectures on Lewis and Clark, the Channel Islands, the California Redwoods, Route 66, geology, food and wine, wildlife and nature. Her previous life as an actor makes her an engaging speaker, and she enjoys incorporating her yoga experience into programs when the opportunity arises.
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Jill Swaim View biography
Jill Swaim is a retired elementary and middle school teacher. She taught for 39 years in San Diego, Oceanside and Santa Paula, all districts in California. She has worked for Elderhostel/Road Scholar since 2003 as a group leader and has become a volunteer ambassador for this organization. Her hobbies are her grandchildren, travel, and volunteering. She loves Road Scholar!
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Teri Hartley View biography
A semiretired project manager, Teri has traveled extensively since she was a child. Her love of travel and learning has always been supported by her career choices, working in the sports and hospitality industries and now for Road Scholar. Teri attended California State University Sacramento and majored in psychology. She continued studies in meeting and event planning as well as project management at UC San Diego. She gives back to the community by teaching meditation and yoga, and as a crisis counselor for a nonprofit.
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Gail Ginell View biography
Gail Ginell was born in Brooklyn, New York but has lived in Southern California for most of her life. She received her bachelor’s in economics and a master’s in business administration. After living in the San Fernando Valley post-college, Gail returned with her husband to Thousand Oaks where they raised their two sons. Gail was a part-time CPA for 30 years, is certified from the International Tour Management Institute and has been the editor of the alumni section of her college magazine for 20 years.
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Edie Cole was born in Santa Paula and raised in sunny Southern California. Living in Corona del Mar for a couple of years was a dream come true for her. With so much to do in California, the coastline and days at the beach are her favorite. She enjoys sailing, photography, traveling, music, cooking, painting, dancing, sewing, her friends, fine food and playing with her grandkids. Edie’s daughter, husband and two grandchildren live close by, so running has also become another sport she enjoys.
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Manuel Marquez View biography
Manuel Márquez comes to Road Scholar after a rewarding career in medical practice management. He has led groups to Cuba and his native Los Angeles. As an undergraduate in Boston, he was introduced close-up to the wonders of western art, the colonial and revolutionary history of the United States, and a love of learning about planet Earth and all its inhabitants. Manuel has explored nearly fifty countries on five continents over the past four decades. He enjoys music, reading, movies, and his beautiful cat Pearl.
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by Jane Brown
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Lonely Planet Los Angeles & Southern California
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