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Rose Bowl Campers Warned of Cold Weather

As the clock ticks down to New Year's Day, Pasadena police and fire officials are preparing for their busiest time of the year.

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    Rose Parade revelers camping out will need some serious winter weather gear as freezing temperatures grip Southern California. Kathy Vara reports for the NBC4 News at 5 and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014)

    As the clock ticks down to New Year's Day, Pasadena police and fire officials are preparing for their busiest time of the year.

    The Tournament of Roses brings thousands of people to the city, and authorities took time on Friday to offer some rules and safety tips to make sure it’s a happy and safe holiday for everyone who wants to show up along the famous parade route.

    Camping out overnight along the route to get the perfect spot to see the spectacular floats is a tradition for many Pasadena residents, but with cold weather expected New Year’s Eve, emergency responders are urging campers to take precautions.

    They say to stay hydrated, make sure food is on hand, wear sunscreen, and dress in layers with hats and gloves.

    "There are people who camp out every year in temperatures that are lower than what we are going to experience so we know that it can be done,” said Pasadena Fire Department Chief Bert Washington.

    “It's just that those who are expecting it are well prepared for those temperatures so that's the purpose of our message coming from the fire department, — be ready and know that it is going to be very cold here."

    There will not be any warming stations along the route, and bonfires are banned.

    Campers can have a small BBQ if it is one foot off the ground and 25 feet from a building. A fire extinguisher is also required to be nearby.

    Also not allowed: ladders and sofas, and don’t throw candy along the parade route.

    And officials suggested leaving pets at home because they can be frightened by the floats and all the activity.

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