The SOI Motorhome Club 42nd Annual
Rose Parade Rally*
Santa Anita Park • Arcadia, California
December 29, 2022 – January 3, 2023
•SOI Members • FMCA Members•
Thursday, December 29, 2022
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Arrival all day! Meet your staff in the Rally Tent for registration after you get settled.
Welcome: Get Acquainted “Beer n’ Wine” party at the Rose Parade Tent area. Come and enjoy the party, rally orientation, welcome dinner. (Please bring your itinerary and a pen for Rally notes/updates. Always wear your name tag.
Dinner will be served 6:30 p.m. We supply utensils, plates, etc.
Friday, December 30, 2022
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast in Rally Tent
Bus departs to work on Floats and/or tour the City of Sierra Madre float entry. Workers are needed if you want to help; you should sign a liability waiver as you board the bus. (Recommendation: Bring your gloves and scissors)
The bus will operate throughout the morning with the last return to Rally Tent from the Sierra Madre Float building at 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. To 12:30
Lunch at Rally Tent.
Board the bus for departure to the Huntington Library & Outdoor Gardens Tour. The initial guided tour, in small groups, will be followed by time to explore the grounds at your leisure. The bus will return to the Race Track as it is filled. (Remember to remove all of your personal items from the bus when you get off.) The last return will depart the library at 4:30 p.m. to return to the Race Track.
The bus leaves for the San Antonio Winery for tour and dinner at 5:45 pm. Part of the group will tour first and the rest will go directly into dinner and tour the winery after dinner. The bus will be returning at 9 p.m. or when everyone is ready to depart if earlier.
Saturday, December 31, 2022
6:30 to 7:30 a.m.
Breakfast at Rally Tent
All aboard your bus, so we can head to the Rose Bowl Festival Grounds. We’ll drive down Colorado Blvd. for a sneak preview of the parade route and our parade seats. At the festival grounds, you’ll be able to view two of the major float barns. You’ll have time to roam the Rose Bowl festival grounds, which are located near the Rose Bowl Stadium itself. There are special tents set up to serve food items and the selling of official Rose Bowl licensed goods and memorabilia. Once everyone is back on the bus or at 10:30 a.m., whichever is earlier; the bus will depart for the Rally Site.
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lunch at Rally Tent
12:30 until the end of Bandfest
Bus departs for Band-Fest show at 12:30 p.m. The show begins at 2:00 p.m. at Pasadena College and is presented by Remo, USA. These performances are by bands that will march in the Rose Parade. You will be returning at the end of Band-fest on the same bus that you arrived on.
NEW YEAR’S EVE Celebrations begin:
9:00 p.m. Pacific Time (12:00 midnight Eastern Time) –
“Happy New Year”, singing Auld Lang Syne, the usual hugs, kisses, and welcomes to “2023”.
Happy New Year!
Good-bye 2022… Hello…2023!
Sunday, January 1, 2023
“Dumping of rigs” today until all are done. It is not necessary for you to be there. Please have the valve bins unlocked if your rig is being dumped. We do not need your hoses, (unless you own a Foretravel or non-standard sewer connector. If so, please leave it by your valves).
Water will be available for those who need it before the end of the rally.
Please sign-up on the “Need Water” list near at the information table in the tent. Remember this is ONLY if you really need water before the end of the rally.
8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast at Rally Tent
9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
We will have our annual SOI chapter meeting of FMCA with our President, Ed Waldheim. SOI is our host for this rally, everyone is encouraged to attend. There will be presentations by SOI members about our upcoming tours and a discussion of SOI’s future tours and rallies. All are welcome!
Shuttles from the Rally Tent will depart from 11:45 a.m. – until 12:30 p.m. to the entrance of Santa Anita Park. We will be at the Santa Anita Park’s Front Runner Restaurant in the Club House for our special luncheon and day at the races. (This is in an enclosed area; dress is casual, but nice.) There is NO reserving of seats. You must arrive together if you wish to sit together. The seating will be for 2, 4, or 6 people per table. After the 3rd race, our shuttle will begin running providing rides back to the Rally Tent. The shuttle will run from approximately 2:45 p.m. until the end of the last race; around 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. (There will be a drawing to see which couple will represent all rally attendees in the “Winner’s Circle” photo.)
Light finger food and games at Rally Tent
Monday, January 2, 2023
Everyone will board the bus bound for the 128th Tournament of Roses Parade, themed “Echoes of Success” with Allyson Felix, Greg Louganis and Janet Evans as Grand Marshalls for the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade. Bring your tickets, cushions, snacks, cameras, binoculars, jackets, spouses, etc. We have about a 2 block walk to our seats from our designated bus parking lot located behind the Parsons Building’s. Everyone will return to the same bus for the return after the parade.
11: 00 a. m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch:
Upon Return to the Rally Tent, enjoy a hearty lunch, consisting of soup,
sandwiches, and salad. We’ll do a couple of "football pools" at this time to make today’s Rose Bowl game a little more interesting for those of us who remain to watch the game on TV in the Rally tent.
We will have our bus operating for everyone to ride to the post parade float viewing of the “Showcase of Floats”. The floral masterpieces you witnessed at the parade will be parked on the boulevard for close viewing and photo taking. The bus will be departing for the Rally site at 3:45 p.m.
** Note** the 109th Rose Bowl Game starts at 2:00 p.m. Those having tickets for the game need to be
at the stadium by 12:00 p.m.
Root beer Floats at the Rally Tent area
Tuesday, January 3, 2023
7:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Coffee, juice, and sweets will be served at the main tent.
All during the morning:
Goodbyes to all! Be careful driving and have a safe journey home. We’ll see you down the road and hope you tell your friends about our SOI Rose Parade Rally for 2017/2018. This rally will be starting on Friday, December 28, 2017. Rose Parade will be on Monday January 1, 2018. We depart on Tuesday January 2, 2018.
All electricity will be shut down and the physical breaking up of our camp (tent, electric lines, etc.) will begin.
* Rules to REMEMBER:
Park Tow Cars around perimeter. Always leave Fire Lanes open. No pets in Rally Tent. (Pet area is by entry along the road. Please pick up after your pet.)
No entry into the Race Course fenced area. There is no smoking in the tent area. All leveling Jacks should have a good platform below them so we do not damage the parking lot.
Emergency Contact: Paul Mitchell (209)815-1837
* Itinerary events and times may be subject to change for the betterment of the rally.
Why join SOI for the Rose Parade?Experience: 42 years of providing our Guests with the very best of the Rose Parade. Best Seats, Best Location, Best Events and the Most Experienced Staff.
Location: We set up an RV Parking area at Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia, California. Our parking area is inside gate 6 of Santa Anita Racetrack on blacktop. We bring in quiet generators to provide good solid 30 Amp power for everyone. We purchased all new cables and boxes in 2014.
Facilities: We set up a large main tent with a serving area for our catered meals and a separate kitchentent for our caterer’s use. We have propane tent heaters to take off the chill on the early mornings. Enough tables and chairs for everyone and the coffee is ready by 6:30 AM each morning. Two 60” TV’s inthe tent provide key entertainment and allow us to watch the Ball drop in New York City during our NewYear’s Eve Party.
Staff: Our Volunteer RV Staff are the most experienced you will find and boast a combined 50 plus Rose Parade celebrations. They are always available to answer questions and help you put that check mark onyour “Bucket List”.
Rose Parade Seats: We have some of the best premium seats on the Parade route. We are very close to the start of the parade, just as the route crosses St. John Street. Our seats are on the East side of the road so the sun comes up behind us making for great pictures. Our seats are also only 12 rows high and right on the blue line. The Blue line is the edge of the road for the bands and floats. It means we don’t have anyonesitting in front of us and we are able to talk with the people on the floats as they go by. The biggest complaint we receive about our seats is that they can’t get the entire float into their picture.
Transportation: We use Coaches with bathrooms for transportation to all of our events. We have experienced staff that know the routes and the best way to get through the traffic during this very busy week in Pasadena. That means we spend a lot less time on the bus and more time enjoying the activities. The closest RV Park adds about 45 minutes travel time to each movement, depending on traffic.
Rally Cost: Because we are an all-Volunteer Non-Profit Organization our costs are significantly less than commercial companies. Our goal is to provide the best rally possible at the lowest cost and to fund the basic expenses to keep SOI RV Club active. We encourage you to compare our events and costs for the Rose Parade with any other group and we think you will be pleasantly surprised with our program.
Day at the Races: If you have not been to Santa Anita Racetrack before, you are in for a treat. TheFrontRunner Restaurant is one of the best ways to experience the excitement of a “Day at the Races”. Sitting above the track with a panorama of the San Gabriel Mountains as the backdrop, the FrontRunner truly leaves you on top of the world with a great view of our rigs across the track. Air conditioned comfort while enjoying your meal and separate betting windows for your winning picks make this a special, not to be missed event.
New Year’s Eve Party: The tent will be decorated with lights and noise makers for our celebration bringing in the New Year. The Crown City Dixieland 10-piece Band will be playing for your enjoyment, culminating with the dropping of the Ball in Times Square at midnight Eastern time. We will have a traditional mealserved in the tent and you won’t want to miss the Crazy Hat Contest. Lots of fun and plenty of prizes.
Visit our website at www.soiclub.com for other exciting tours and rallies hosted by SOI.