The SOI Motorhome Club 39th Annual
* Rose Parade Rally*
Santa Anita Park • Arcadia, California
December 28, 2019 – January 2, 2020
SOI Members • FMCA Chapters
• Roadtrek •
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2019
10:00am to 4:00pm
Arrival all day!
Meet your staff in the Rally Tent for registration after you get settled.
5:00pmWelcome: Get Acquainted Social 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.
6:30pmDinner will be served ( We supply utensils, plates, etc.)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2019
7:30am to 8:30am
Breakfast in Rally Tent
8:30amBus will begin shuttling to work on Floats and/or tour the City of Sierra Madre float entry. Workers are needed if you want to help; you have to sign a liability waiver as you board the bus. (Recommendation: Bring your gloves and scissors).
Shuttles will operate throughout the morning with the last bus returning to Rally Tent from the Sierra Madre Float building at 11:30 a.m.
11:45am to 12:45pmLunch at Rally Tent
12:45pmBoard 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 make a run back to the Race Track at 3 PM for those that are done early. The last departure will be at 4:30 p.m. to return to the Race Track.
5:45pmBus will depart for San Antonio Winery tour and dinner.
The bus will return to the Race Track once everyone is finished and will depart no later than 9pm to return to the Race Track.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2019
6:30am to 7:30amBreakfast at Rally Tent
7:30amAll aboard the bus, so we can head to the Rose Bowl Festival Grounds. We’ll drive down Colorado Boulevard for a sneak preview of the parade route and our parade seats. At the festival grounds, you’ll be able to view one 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.
The Bus will return once everyone is back on the bus. It will depart no later than 10:30am to return to the Race Track.11:30am to 12:30pmLunch at Rally Tent
12:30pm – 4:30pmBuses depart for Band-Fest show at 12:30 p.m. and the show begins at 2:00 p.m. at Pasadena College, presented by Remo, USA. These performances are by bands that will march in the Rose Parade. Bus will be returning after the last band has performed or once everyone is back on the bus.
6:30pmGroup Dinner will be served in the Rally Tent
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2019
7:00am“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 and get your “Need Water” sign near at the information table in the tent. Remember this is ONLY if you really need water before the end of the rally.
8:00am to 9:00am Breakfast at Rally Tent
9:00am to 9:45amA chapter meeting of the SOI chapter of FMCA will be held, led by Paul Mitchell, President of the SOI Motorhome Club. Everyone is encouraged to attend. There will be presentations by Paul Mitchell and a discussion of SOI’s future tours and rallies. All are welcome!
11:30amShuttles from the Rally Tent will depart from 11:30am – until 12:30pm to the entrance of Santa Anita Park. We will be at the Santa Anita Park’s Frontrunner Restaurant in the Club House for our special luncheon and a day at the races. (This is in an enclosed area; dress is casual, but nice.)
There is NO reservation of seats. You must arrive together if you wish to sit together. The seating will be for 2, 4, or 6 people, per table. Please keep in mind, the lunch service is at a leisurely pace so you can relax and enjoy the races. After the 3rd race, our shuttles will begin transporting everyone back to the Rally Tent at approximately 2:45pm until the end of the last race around 4:30 - 5:00pm.
(There will be a drawing to see which couple will represent all rally attendees in the “Winner’s Circle” photo.)
6:00pmNEW YEAR’S EVE Celebrations begin:
· All enter our Rally Tent to the sounds of the Crown City Dixieland Band as our New Year’s Eve celebration party begins (re-set your minds to the New York Times Square time- 9:00 p.m., as we celebrate New Year’s Eve “on New York time”).
· Dance to the music of this great band.
· Enjoy our traditional New Year’s Eve Dinner which will be served during our celebration, Your Staff will host an open Bar for your enjoyment. We’ll have soft drinks as well.
· A “Crazy Hat” contest will also be held during this evening’s celebration with the winner receiving a bottle of champagne
· As 9:00pm (California time) approaches we’ll have our traditional champagne toast to welcome in the New Year.
9:00pm Pacific Time (12:00 midnight Eastern Time) –
“Happy New Year”, singing Auld Lang Syne, the usual hugs, kisses, & welcome to “2019”.
· Re-set your minds to local time… and especially your clocks so they wake you up early for the Rose parade activities.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2020
6:00am Bus Departs
Everyone will board the bus bound for the 130th Tournament of Roses Parade, themed “The Melody of Life” with ‘______________’ as the Grand Marshal of the Parade. Bring your 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 back to the racetrack on the same bus they arrived on.
11:00am to 12:30pmLunchUpon Return to the Rally Tent, Enjoy a hearty lunch, consisting of soup, sandwiches, and salad. We’ll do a couple of "football pools" 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.
12:30pmWe 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 up viewing and photo taking.
The bus will be departing for the Rally site at 3:45 p.m.
The Rose Bowl Game starts at 1:00 p.m.
Those having tickets for the game need to be at the stadium by 12:00 p.m.
4:00pm Root beer floats at the Rally Tent area
THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2020
7:00am – 8:30amCoffee, 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 2020/2021. This rally will be starting on Saturday, December 28, 2020 to Thursday, January 2, 2021. The Rose Parade will be on Wednesday, January 1, 2021
9:00am 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 beneath trees- Please pick up after your pet.)
No entry into the Race Course fenced area.
There is no smoking in the tent area.
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: 39 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.