Rose Queen Natalie Innocenzi and members of her Royal Court showed up at the new Gold Line station in Boyle Heights on Monday to encourage the public to ride the train to the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl. “Leave your car at home and use Metro to get an early place along the Parade route,” Innocenzi is quoted in an MTA press release. So, how did the Pasadena queen and her court arrive and depart from the media event at Mariachi Plaza to promote public transit? They were driven, said an MTA spokeswoman.
The Rose Queen and princesses – accompanied by councilman and MTA board member Jose Huizar – did ride the Gold Line from Boyle Heights to Union Station and back. But apparently the Gold Line did not prove convenient enough to transport the Tournament of Roses royalty to their next event.
While mass transit didn’t work out for the Royal Court, the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl fans will be able to take advantage of the newly expanded Gold Line through East Los Angeles on New Year’s Day. There will also be a free shuttle running to the Rose Bowl from a location near the Memorial Park station in Old Pasadena. Another shuttle will run from the Sierra Madre Villa station in East Pasadena to the Victory Park, where the Rose Parade floats will be on view.
Photo from Council District 14