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Rose Parade visitors are urged to take the Gold Line

December 31, 2009 |  3:44 pm

Pasadena police are urging Rose Parade visitors to take the Metro Gold Line and walk to the Colorado Boulevard route, or if traveling by car to arrive two to three hours before the parade begins at 8 a.m.

"If they drive, they should plan to arrive early -- 5 or 6 a.m.," said Janet Pope Givens, a spokeswoman for the Pasadena Police Department. "Chances are they will have to park a distance away and walk."

For those who already are camping along the route, Givens said that at 11 tonight they will be allowed to move from the curb to the prime viewing section in the street, where a blue line has been painted to mark crowd boundaries.

Until this year, spectators had to stay off the street until midnight -- but too many campers ended up battling for space with people who would leave Pasadena's bars around midnight and head straight for the parade route. The new 11 p.m. time, Givens said, "makes for less congestion."

But two parade route rules remain steadfastly in place: no air horns or using food as projectiles. So unless you are eating burritos for dinner, keep the tortillas at home.

--Cara Mia DiMassa in Pasadena