10515
Los Angeles
Rose Parade®: A Heritage to Celebrate
Celebrate New Year’s Day at the Rose Parade in Pasadena California, 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
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DAY
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Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
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The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Rose Parade® Program

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: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get 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. Participants will be assigned to one of seven 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. For our New Year’s Eve dinner, we ask you to pre-order your preferred entrée. Please see the “Notes” section for details.” 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: At the hotel, enjoy a plated meal with salad, entrée, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, water; 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.

DAY
2
Rose Parade Float Decorating
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Activity note: Depending on the float organization, we will work a minimum of 6 hours and a maximum of 8 hours including a lunch break. Standing, bending, reaching while working on floats as directed by float organizers. Some floats will require an early morning departure from the hotel. Some groups may have afternoon or evening float decorating shifts. Please read the notes section for more details about float decorating.

Breakfast: At the hotel, enjoy an extensive buffet with a variety of choices including hot and cold selections, coffee, tea, juice, 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 to one of the "float barns" in the area 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, 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, the 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. Return to the hotel by motor coach.

Dinner: 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.

DAY
3
Past Queen, Equestrian Unit, Bandfest
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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.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: 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. About a thousand young women each year — from a list of more than two dozen area schools — complete detailed application forms and must meet age, academic, and other criteria. 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. A representative from an equestrian group will join us for a presentation on that aspect of the parade. A member of the Community Relations Committee of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association will join us to talk about the parade and in particular the 935 volunteers known as “White Suiters” — for their distinctive uniforms — who work to ensure the success of the parade and football game. We will also hear from an equestrian unit that will appear in the parade. They will share about the process to apply and participate in the very special tradition of horses in the Rose Parade, a unique aspect of the entertaining parade.

Lunch: Box lunches including a sandwich or wrap, chips or crackers, and bottled water are distributed before boarding the bus to Band Fest. We will arrive to Pasadena City College (the site for Band Fest) early in order to be 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 - there are not formal picnic areas on campus. 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. Seats are available on a first-come first-served basis in a large athletic stadium.

Dinner: At the hotel, a buffet dinner.

Evening: At your leisure.

DAY
4
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New Year's Eve Dinner
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Activity note: Walking and standing at your own pace; Stairs with elevators available; LACMA has six buildings containing the art on display. The art in each building is displayed on one to three floors in an area about two blocks long. Elevators are available.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will be joined by a local expert who will discuss the process, criteria, scoring, and significance of the various Tournament of Roses awards. For a change of pace, we’ll take a field trip via private motorcoach to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Holding 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. Various restaurants and food trucks are available for purchasing lunch at your leisure.

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 wonder the grounds at your leisure. After the museum, we’ll return to the hotel for dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Happy New Year! Countdown to midnight on Eastern Standard Time.

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Tournament of Roses Parade
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Activity note: Buses 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 via motor coach.

Lunch: At the hotel.

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. Public transportation is available to/from downtown LA. If you are interested in attending the Rose Bowl football game, make arrangements well in advance.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy musical entertainment just for us!

DAY
6
Post Parade: Float Viewing, Program Concludes
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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. Buses 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: 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 traditional 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!