Boy, the annual New Year's Eve campout along the Rose Parade route in Pasadena sounds like a barrel of fun this year!
Police are warning they'll be stricter than ever on the exhaustive list of parade rules, including fun-extinguishing items like: “Throwing any projectile into the parade, including seemingly harmless items such as tortillas, marshmallows, flowers, etc., is prohibited.”
The full set of “cans” and “can'ts,” courtesy of the Pasadena Fire Department:
What You Can Do
• Overnight camping is permitted only on the night of Dec. 31.
• A permanent position on the sidewalk may be maintained along the parade route beginning at noon on Dec. 31. The “Blue Line” is the honor line. All persons and property such as blankets, chairs, etc., must remain on the curb until 11 p.m. on Dec. 31. At that time spectators may move out to the honor line.
• Small, professionally manufactured barbeques elevated at least one foot off the ground are allowed on the parade route. 25' from building or other combustibles. A fire extinguisher must be readily available.
• Minors under the age of 18 may be on the parade route from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. only if they are under the supervision of adults.
• Dress for cold weather. Children and seniors may need extra layers of clothing to avoid hypothermia.
• Stay hydrated and consume nourishing meals to avoid dehydration.
• Report any suspicious activities and packages to emergency authorities along the parade route.
• In case of emergency call (626) 744-4241 from a cellular phone or 9-1-1 from a landline phone and know the cross streets from which you are calling.
What You Can't Do
• Tents, sofas and boxes of any type that can be used as stools or seats are prohibited are not permitted along the route.
• Unoccupied chairs are not allowed.
• Bonfires are strictly prohibited and considered “illegal burns.”
• Fireworks are prohibited except as part of scheduled official events.
• No items may be sold along the parade route without a permit.
• No public areas (sidewalks, curbs, gutters, streets) may be cordoned or roped off.
• No ladders or scaffolding may be used as elevation for viewing the activities.
• It is illegal to buy, sell or give away horns on the parade route.
• Pets are not recommended along the parade route because they are easily frightened with sudden, loud noises.
• Selling space along the parade route, other than grandstand seating, is illegal.
• Throwing any projectile into the parade, including seemingly harmless items such as tortillas, marshmallows, flowers, etc., is prohibited.
• Vehicles obstructing emergency lanes will be towed.
• Walking in the street is not permitted during the parade.
• Open containers of alcohol are illegal on public streets, sidewalks and all other public areas.
• Sale, possession and use of illegal drugs will not be tolerated.
A spokeswoman for the Fire Department says that on the day of the parade, there will be tighter security than usual on the corner of Colorado and Orange Grove — otherwise known as “TV corner.”
“Unless you have a ticket, you will not be allowed in that area,” she says.
At last year's NYE slumber party in the street, police received six calls of alcohol-related incidents, either medical or due to drunken violence. The spokeswoman says police will prioritize alcohol violations over punishing people with tents.
So, uh… if you're feeling rebellious, better to go with the tent. Although if you think about it, what fun is a tent without a Vodka water bottle in the inner pocket flap?
According to the press release:
“Enhanced security measures will be in effect on the parade route and very evident. Because of large crowds, Pasadena police officers will resolve problems quickly and remove from the scene anyone who violates the law or disturbs the peace.
On New Year's Eve and New Year's Day 2007 the Pasadena Fire Department responded to more than twice the number of calls than on average days. These calls included reports of hypothermia, illegal burning, miscellaneous medical issues, assaults and alcohol-related incidents.”
We know it's a long-standing tradition and all, but why deprive yourself of legal fun on New Year's Eve? Unless you're down to occupy your non-sofa seat all night in a sorry state of cold sobriety, better to follow our cheap party guide and call a tow truck once things get out of hand.
As for the parade itself, rules are rules, and that's a party not worth missing.