Authorities Will Close Rose Parade Route to Vehicle Traffic Earlier Than Usual This Year as Part of Stepped Up Security

Published : Monday, November 27, 2017 | 3:48 PM

Reacting to “activities around the world,” the City of Pasadena announced Monday that the route used for the Rose Parade will be closed to traffic earlier for this year’s festivities than in past years.

The Pasadena Police Department said in a written statement it will begin closing the route effective 10 p.m., Sunday, December 31, 2017. The closures will occur along Colorado Boulevard, at Orange Grove Boulevard, east to Sierra Madre Boulevard; and up Sierra Madre Boulevard to Paloma Street.

The earlier closure time for most of the route is being done to enhance public safety and provide for a more efficient deployment of public safety resources, officials said.

Key intersections will be staffed by law enforcement personnel to allow vehicles to cross Colorado Boulevard, either north or south, until 6 a.m. Monday, January 1, 2018, at which time the entire route will be closed to all public vehicles.

“Currently, we have no known credible information regarding threats to either the Rose Parade or the Rose Bowl Game,” Pasadena Police Chief Phillip L. Sanchez said. “However, public safety at these premier events is our number one priority. We are taking these steps on a proactive basis to help provide a more secure environment as part of our on-going analysis of other large special events and activities around the world.”

Chief Sanchez said the changes were done in full cooperation with the Tournament of Roses Association as well as other key stakeholders, other law enforcement agencies and security experts.

“It is important to inform the public now so that everyone can plan accordingly if they intend to be in Pasadena on New Year’s Eve, whether for a private party, dinner at a local restaurant or to find a favorite parade viewing spot. Streets will close early this year,” Chief Sanchez said. Notices and maps are being mailed out to merchants, businesses and residents along the route this week to help keep them informed of the security changes.

The City’s map shows the parade route, street closures and intersections that will be open to allow for north- and south-bound traffic to cross Colorado Boulevard. For intersections that will close early, there will be no exceptions to the closures except for public safety purposes.