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Pasadena Restaurants Must Pack Up Street and Sidewalk Dining Areas for Rose Parade

Published on Monday, December 12, 2022 | 5:00 am

Outdoor dining along Colorado Boulevard in Old Pasadena in an archival photo taken on Sunday, July 12, 2020. [Photo courtesy Jack Huang]
As part of preparations for the upcoming Rose Parade, the City of Pasadena will require businesses along the parade route to remove their outdoor dining spaces by December 14.

A city official explained the removal of outdoor dining is required to allow for floats, bands, and overnight camping associated with the New Year’s day event.

City spokesperson Lisa Derderian told Pasadena Now the City of Pasadena worked closely with the Tournament of Roses to identify removal within only those dining spaces that were necessary for integrity and safety of the parade operations. The affected dining spaces are primarily concentrated in the downtown area — an approximately one-mile stretch of the parade route.

City crews will remove the various metal and concrete barricades that protect the outdoor dining spaces soon, Derderian said.

“City staff will begin removing traffic control barriers along Colorado Boulevard in order to return public streets to normal operations for the staging of the parade,” according to an earlier city statement.

Following the removal of the barriers, personnel from City departments will begin restriping parking stalls, perform maintenance and then proceed with other regularly scheduled parade preparation work.

Traffic control barriers will be reinstalled shortly after the parade, on or around January 6, Derderian said. 

This year, the parade will take place on Monday, January 2, 2023, on account of the long-standing “never on a Sunday” rule. 

In addition to the removal of traffic control barriers, sidewalk dining along certain portions of the parade route will be suspended beginning at 8 a.m. on January 1 through 8 a.m. on January 3.

The suspension of sidewalk dining applies to businesses that have outdoor dining (within sidewalks or parklets) along the parade route and adjacent cross streets within one block of the route.

The city annually suspends sidewalk dining to accommodate the influx of people in the city and spectators along the route.

“Come out and celebrate New Year’s eve at any one of Pasadena’s restaurants,” Derderian urged. “Road closures for the parade will not go into effect until 10 p.m. on Sunday, January 1st.”

“We appreciate the community’s support of our business community. Pasadena is home to hundreds of small and independent businesses, not to mention national retailers. We encourage people to shop local for their holiday shopping and dining needs.”

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