Consider the Rose Parade in Pasadena with a date that straddles New Years.

We live in L.A. and decided to try this program even though it is local for us. The brochure indicated that it was "limited" to 360 people! We signed up in August and we were one of the last people to do so. Apparently it is so popular that at least half of the participants each year are returnees. It is well organized and the participants are assigned to much smaller sub-groups of about 30. The highlight of the program was spending a day to actually help decorate a float. We also visited Getty Center, Bandfest (a concert by the bands who were invited to be in the parade - never knew about this until then), viewing the parade itself from reserve seat and viewing the floats the following day - we were allowed in 2 hours before the general public were allowed in. The lectures included explanations of various aspects of the parade - how judging of the floats is done, how the RP Queen is selected, band selections and the equestrian units. New Years is celebrated using New York time (9:00pm).

Hotel accommodations were excellent and food delicious. We met many, many really nice people and that is always a big plus in Road Scholar programs. Note, I am not associated with RS except having attended about 15 of their programs.

  • I'm writing on 8/5/18 asking if you are traveling from IAH in Texas. I am interested in establishing new friendships before the flight. I would like a side trip to see the LaBrea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. Does anyone know if this is possible on a short trip? Thank you for your help. KRA