Pasadena Tournament of Roses Manages Real-Time Situational Awareness
One of the United States’ oldest parades is the Tournament of Roses Parade, which started in 1890 in Pasadena, California, and is now held every New Year’s Day to showcase the abundance of flowers and greenery that adorn Southern California all winter. The floats in the parade must be completely covered with flowers or other natural materials, making this a unique and eye-catching event.
In 1902, the festivities expanded to include the Rose Bowl, now a very popular collegiate football game that happens later in the day. From the 3,000 spectators who came out for the very first Rose Parade, attendance and interest in the combined events has grown enormously. In 2019, the parade and game attracted more than 800,000 live attendees and 59.3 million television viewers around the world.
The safety of participants and attendees is a critical concern for the city, especially given the high visibility of these events. These responsibilities—which include managing public safety for the Rose Parade, the Rose Bowl, and any associated events before and after New Year’s Day—are entrusted to the Pasadena Fire Department and the Pasadena Police Department....