Pasadena on Parade

As the clock approaches midnight on New Years Eve, the media focus and the national attention will begin to gradually shift from New York’s Time Square to the City of Pasadena.

All eyes are on Pasadena and the Rose Bowl Parade

All eyes are on Pasadena and the Rose Bowl Parade

As the television beams pictures of the cold and dreary east coast to the warm sunny skies in the west, local Pasadena residents can be proud that our city will be at the forefront of the college sports world as we host the BCS game on January 7th between #2 Texas and #1 Alabama. The Rose Bowl Stadium is familiar territory for Texas having played here in 2006 when they defeated USC in the final seconds 41 to 38.

Visitors to Pasadena will have plenty to do and see between the Parade and Rose Bowl game on January 1 and the BCS Championship game on the 7th. Prefer to watch the Parade at home? You can still have an opportunity to see the floats up close. If you have the chance to do this I would urge you to take advantage of it. Television just does not capture the beauty or intricate detail and design of these wonderful exhibits. Parade float viewing times are available from January 1 – 3.
The Texas Longhorns will play in the BCS Game in Pasadena

The Texas Longhorns will play in the BCS Game in Pasadena

California Dreaming

Many cities can put on their Sunday best for vacationers and visitors, but how many of them can do it in the dead of winter? With overnight temperatures dipping into the low 40’s lately, daytime temps have been in the mid to high 60’s. The crystal blue skies and mountain views are sure to leave an indelible impression as many visitors begin to how nice it would be to live here.

As for myself, I know it would be very hard to return to someplace that actually has winter. Now that you have visited you may begin to understand why the Los Angeles area does not have a professional football team. It was once explained to me, the weather is just to nice to sit inside and watch TV.

Pasadena’s Summer Music Season

The Levitt offers a Great Atmosphere for Fun and Music

The Levitt offers a Great Atmosphere for Fun and Music

The summer music season kicks into full gear this Sunday, June 21, with Make Music Pasadena, an all day event featuring various musicians at locations and times throughout town. There is a full lineup of entertainment and all of the locations are within walking distance of each other. What a great way to spend the day, enjoy a picnic and be entertained.

Music at the Levitt

The main event of the Pasadena summer musical season is the Levitt Pavilion, located at the intersection of Holly and Walnut. If you have never experienced the Levitt, you must give it a try. The official season begins Wednesday, June 24 and runs through Sunday, August 30.

The location in Memorial Park is ideal for music. Its slightly elevated grassy grounds offer wonderful and comfortable viewing in a family atmosphere and once you go, you will want to know what’s on tomorrow night. The Levitt’s schedule of free summer concerts offers a broad mix of musical entertainment 5 nights a week from Wednesday through Sunday. Each night has a different theme. Wednesday’s kick off the week devoted to the kids, and at 7pm this is the place to be as it comes alive with sing along and interaction, sans the purple dinosaur.

If you cannot make it on Wednesday, then I am sure you’ll want to try one of the other night’s selections. The Levitt offers a rotating mix of music that eveyone can enjoy:

    Thursday, 8pm – “Patchwork of America
    Friday, 8pm – “World Rhythms”
    Saturday, 8pm – “Musica Latina”
    Sunday, 7pm – “Jazz Night”

I encourage you to attend one of the upcoming events at the Levit. Take a blanket or small chair, a food basket and something to drink. Enjoy the entertainment under the stars. I promise, you will be back.