10515
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.
Rating (4.88)
Program No. 10515RJ
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6 days
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4.88 Average
Lisa
(5)

The Rose Parade Trip was amazing! The educational components, the activities, and Parade itself was very well organized. It was fascinating to see the process of the floats being put decorated and even more fun to be a part of the process.

Bruce
(5)

Excellent program, and very unique. Worked with very knowledgeable people. Bring warm clothing. It's chilly when you start early each morning.

Sarah
(5)

You will never watch the Rose Parade on TV again with the same attitude once you have helped decorate a float yourself, and seen them all the natural materials up close. You will forever be amazed at the details, creativity, and beauty of each float. The bands and the horse units each have an interesting history. You'll want to tell your friends about what you experienced up close on this great program!

Virginia
(5)

I enjoyed the Tournament of Roses program. The staff was very helpful, I contributed to the floats and I learned a lot about how much effort and time goes into making this parade successful. Glad I got to fulfill a lifelong dream!.

Ethelle
(5)

Going to the Rose Bowl Parade and working on a float! Nailed my bucket list item! Add in the lectures, other events, and tours and you have a fabulous way to bring in the new year. I recommend it!

Cecilia
(5)

This is definitely a bucket list trip. I watched the Rose Parade since I was a child and this experience gave me the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help with the floats and see the parade in person.

Karen
(5)

This was the second Road Scholar trip for me and I throughly enjoyed it! There was satisfaction and pride working on the floats and then to be able to see all the beautiful floats in their glory was awesome! The food was generous and tasted ok. We stayed at the Hilton Woodland Hills location which I would highly recommend. I think I would do this trip again in a couple of years.

Linda
(5)

This trip had been on my bucket list. I enjoyed the parade, band fest and seeing the floats up close the day after the parade. The tour was very well organized and well worth the price. I was happy with the excellent service I received from the hotel where we stayed. The others on the trip were interesting to chat with and I plan to keep in touch with one person who was on the trip.

Kimberly
(5)

The Rose Parade program was a bucket list item and it was everything expected! With so many participants enrolled (about 464), RS organized this trip very well. The materials provided ahead of time indicated we needed scissors so my husband & I brought them but never used them. However, the materials said we should bring gloves and they were definitely used. The Fiesta Float warehouse provided latex gloves, but with my small hands, the latex gloves would have been too big to wear. Definitely make sure you have comfortable shoes as we stood for about 6 hours on a concrete floor. It was chilly in the morning for all days so make sure you bring layers. The Hilton Woodland Hills was a very clean & comfortable hotel. If you're walking, there isn't much around to tour except a large mall. The food at the Hotel was good and plentiful. Bring a hat & sunscreen for the outdoor activities in case the California sun is shining bright, as it was for us. Come prepared to have fun & ring in the New Year!

Julie
(2)

This trip was a wonderful time mixed w quite a bit of frustration. Good points: behind the scenes work on the floats, early admission to the post parade float viewing and a wonderful bus driver who got us around very smoothly Bad points: the food...the menu was the same every night. It was very disappointing to have the same meal night after night. Whoever picked the menu needs to receive some pointers in setting a menu w variety in it. We had fish, chicken and pasta w different sauces or seasoning every night but New Years Eve. It all tasted the same. Breakfasts were not much better . Another issue, the overall group was so large that the 'experts' didn't know the subject matter. They had to bring in guides from all over to host the groups. Our guides were very nice and did their best but they are not from the area and so they were to able to add much to the trip. At the Float building we were not given any information about anything that was going on - no 'expert' to explain and educate us on the workings of it all as some of the tours had since they had tour guides who knew the subject matter. I understand that the Float companies don't have time to do that but I thought our tour guide would have some information but they really didn't. I know this isn't the way it usually is but the whole thing was quite frustrating. I'm not sure I'd go on another trip w Road Scholar.

Martha
(5)

An excellent trip in every way. This was my second year on this trip. Well worth it!!!!! Took 4 friends. A wonderful time had by all!!, Thank you.

Joseph
(5)

This is the program for anyone who has sat in front of the TV on New Years Day and wished they were in Pasadena. The Rose Parade is without a doubt the best parade in the Country, and Road Scholar has reserved some of the best seats in the house. Bandfest, which takes place on two days before the parade, showcases world class marching bands - the best of the best. Viewing the floats up close and personal on the day after the parade is a shutterbug's dream. All in all a delightful and unforgettable experience.

Ruth
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

I was very disapointed that the group had 500 people. It made a difference in quality of food, experience of the leaders, and chances to really get to know people. Almost every buffet had the same food- white fish, chicken, a tossed salad. The person who chose the menues could have kept the same price range yet varied the choices. Our leaders flew in from the San Francisco area. They had never led this tour before. We found that we often knew more than they just from our reading the materials. We did not blame them- rather the expansion of the program as they were not used to being part of a large group and a pre-tour they took was not the same as leaders who had done it several times My daughter's husband had gone on the Road Scholar trip to the US Open with his Dad. He enjoyed it so much he encouraged us to have the same experience on another Road Scholar trip. It was so different from other Elder Hostel and Road Scholar trips that I attended previously! I heard comments from first timers that they would never go on a Road Scholar trip again. I would feel the same way if that was my only experience. We loved working on the floats and seeing them the next day. We did not enjoy auditoriums filled with 500 people when the speakers presented. You got away from what makes your programs great. I would not recommend the current trip to anyone.

Susan
(5)

The Rose parade program is a great adventure - working on a float was a unique experience. Seeing the parade in person was a lot of fun and later reviewing the floats up close was marvelous - the designers are artists of flowers, seeds, grasses and unlimited imagination. I learned so much and it was just beautiful.

Elizabeth
(5)

If you have ever said, "I really want to do the Rose Parade someday", this is the very best way to do it. Seeing the parade is only one part of the total experience, and Road Scholar offers a package that takes you from volunteering at a Float Barn, to seeing the marching bands strut their stuff at Bandfest, to watching the parade from the bleachers, to walking among the floats and seeing the intricacies of each. In our group, we could point to the 33,000 white carnations on the mountain of snow on the 24-hr Fitness float and say, "Those are our carnations" or "We put the lentils on those fish" for another float. It takes a lot of time, money, and practice for a band to get to the Rose Parade, so not only do they get to march in the parade, but they get to perform at Bandfest before New Years Day. After watching bands from Canada, Japan, and small-town America, I felt that they were our bands. We watched for them in the parade and cheered them on like proud friends and parents. Walking among the floats the day after the parade is the grand finale and completes the whole Tournament of Roses experience. Road Scholar handles of the details--lodging, meals, transportation, tickets, and access. And we get to savor all the many facets of a Rose Parade. If you really, really want to see the Rose Parade someday, there is no better way to do it, in my opinion.

Margaret
(4)

What an incredible experience. Thanks for making a longtime dream become a reality. Every detail was so well covered and everything went so smoothly.

Donald
(5)

This was an outstanding experience of Americana. Well planned and organized. It was not physically strenuous but getting at 5 a.m. most days was very tiring but to fit everything smoothly it was necessary. An unforgettable experience, rather unbelievable.

Deirdre
(5)

The Perfect trip to immerse yourself in the Rose Bowl Parade. See before, during and after for a through understanding of how the floats are put together. See Band Fest and meet speakers that give you the entire workings behind how the parade goes together.

Margaret
(5)

Thanks to this program I can say I glued flowers to a Rose Parade float! I was a solo traveler, and everything was wonderful. Fellow travelers were friendly and the group leaders were awesome.

Vicki
(5)

This was a bucket list tour for me and everything about it was a joy. Not many tours give you the opportunity to work on a float and then learn from people on the inside how the parade functions and how the floats are judged. Then getting to view the floats up close the following morning was awesome. The band fest was an icing on the cake for me since I'm a former band parent who enjoys the band performances. Everything is taken care of in terms of food and transportation. The Westin was a superb hotel. I would recommend this tour to anyone who has watched the parade at home and wished they could be there.

Catherine
(5)

The Rose Bowl Parade is a unique tradition with its floats decorated entirely with floral materials ( a huge number of roses!) and its bands and equestrian groups. This program makes you a part of the enormous effort that goes into the parade and makes sure you experience every aspect of it up close and personally. And Road Scholar takes care of all the logistics of doing this!!

Josephine
(5)

Great experience!

Sharon
(5)

Great adventure!

Keith
(5)

To experience was better than advertised. I will never view the Rose parade the same. I learned so much.

Margaret
(5)

Put the Rose Bowl Parade trip on your travel list!! It's such a treat!!

Bruce
(5)

This is a great program to check something off your "bucket list". It was fun, interesting and fulfilling. The Tournament of Roses Parade is an American classic and we got to be part of it.

Cynthia
(5)

This is probably the best way to experience the Tournament of Roses Parade and related activities, you get to "go behind the scenes".

Sheila
(5)

The flowers, floats and float fabricators were so interesting and welcoming. Made several new friends I will stay in contact with and possibly travel with in the future!

Karen
(5)

This was my second time for a Rose Parade Road Scholar, but it won't be my last! I could've never had these wonderful experiences on my own such as helping to decorate a float. Our leader was John Callahan, and he's one of the best we've ever had. Despite the fact that this program was attended by several hundred people, everything was well organized and there was never any problem.

Michelle
(5)

I loved my experience with the Rose Parade Heritage Program. It was interactive with float building, watching the parade, and then getting to see the completed floats up close and personal. I learned so much and enjoyed my hotel, group, and all of the activities. I highly recommend this trip.

Barbara
(5)

If you've always wanted to go to the Rose Parade you'll be delighted with this program. I was also thrilled with the opportunity to help decorate some of the floats, and to view them up close and personal the day after the parade.

Mary Anna
(5)

Great program.There are hundreds of Road Scholars, but they are divided up into teams so you don't feel overwhelmed.It is amazingly well organized. Just pray that it doesn't rain on BandFest!

Joan
(5)

If you ever want to go to the Rose Parade, choose the Roadscholar program. You will have excellent speakers who know it from experiences on all aspects that go into the parade, excellent rooms, and transportation to all of the events instead of having to worry about the traffic which is especially bad on parade day. But also needed to get to the various venues. Everything is taken care of -food, tickets,travel to the events and you can just enjoy the event.

Mary
(5)

This program is definitely a bucket list fulfillment to the top. Will always look at the Rose Parade differently from now on. Great Fun

Cathy
(5)

the rose parade program is wonderful. it gives you an appreciation for how much work goes into putting on the rose parade. as a single I found the group inclusive and didn't feel left out even when the ball dropped on "midnight" and new years was celebrated.

Janet
(5)

For anyone with an interest in the Tournament of Roses Parade, this is a "bucket list" experience. Working on floats, good seats for the Parade itself, and the Post Parade float viewing were all highlights. The speakers from various roles within the Parade and Tournament organization were very informative and interesting. I highly recommend this well organized and very insightful program. Staying at the downtown hotel cut down bus travel time and enabled walking to interesting sites such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Los Angeles Public Library.

John
(5)

I was amazed at the amount of effort that goes into this historic but once a year event. I have watched it on TV, enjoyed the bands and floats but had no idea how much goes on all year to make this such a wonderful event. Everybody who can, should try it out. You will be happy you did.

Sandra
(4)

This trip was a once in a lifetime experience. I learned so much about the Rose Bowl Parade and its organization. I will never view the parade the same way again. Thank you for this program.

Paul
(5)

This program is a once in a lifetime opportunity to understand and participate in the Rose Parade of Pasadena. Be prepared for a lot of structure and being bussed and having to get up at 4 AM. For men, be prepared to be controlled for 5 days. A great trip for the ladies however.

Marta
(5)

This is my first trip with Road Scholar and have to say it was well done. I truly enjoyed everything I learned about the Rose Parade. Looking forward doing another trip with Road Scholar in the future.

Linda
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

The Rose Parade floats in person are breathtaking! It is a very worthy experience to work on a float and then see it completed in all its extraordinary beauty!

Alison
(5)

Wonderful, wonderful experience. Highly recommended. The large group of 450+ participants is divided into smaller groups of 35+ or so. Whoever previously posted that the trip was not good for singles is wrong. Of our group, over half were enrolled as single participants. Stayed at the Westin in downtown. The extra money was worth it as you spend less time on the bus as the location is closer to Pasadena. Also downtown is a vibrant location and a downtown tour was included. Even though LAX is closer to downtown, use Burbank airport if you can. This trip involves a lot of walking and standing. The float decoration day is amazing but it takes stamina to work for a 5 or 6 hour shift. Even if you get a seated job, the footing can be wet and slippery with plant material. The parade day involves walking several blocks, climbing up bleachers and sitting on a backless bleacher for 3 hours. The rows are very close and your knees will be touching the person in front. So don't do this is your gait is unsteady or you can't sit without getting up. The post parade day is fabulous but also involves a significant amount of walking for 3 hours. The whole package of pre-parade info and work, parade, and post-parade is a once in a lifetime experience and I will never look at the Rose Parade in the same way again.






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