All the grandstands are almost up and people are thinking ahead to December 31st and whether they should or should not camp out on the parade route this year. Along with the help of the Pasadena Fire Department , I am bringing you a few simple safety tips that you need to know about before you camp out. The parade route will be a safer place if everyone follows the rules and regulations intended for the safety of all parade-goers. To all my followers have a wonderful and safe New Years Eve party and cheers to camping out on the parade route!
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 and water 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 cell phones or 9-1-1 from landline phones. Know cross streets from where you are calling.
What You Can’t Do:
- Open containers of alcohol are illegal on public streets, sidewalks and all other public areas.
- 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.