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32 J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 NEW YEAR'S EVE is all about the ball drop, but New Year's Day is reserved for the Rose Bowl. An estimated 700,000 people from around the world gather in Pasadena in the days leading up to the Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl game. "ere's a lot of energy in the week leading up to the parade," said Melissa Perez, marketing manager for the Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau — and there's a lot for groups to do. e CVB has a list of float-decorating companies and individual as- sociations that need people to work around the clock in the days just preceding the event to put the finishing touches on floats, something visitors are welcome to do. If groups don't want to decorate, they can head to Rosemont Pavilion at the Rose Bowl Stadium to watch as work- ers apply seeds, bark and grasses to floats. After the parade, floats are displayed along Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards. Live on Green is an annual three-day celebration that coincides with the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl. For three decades, the free festival has entertained visitors from morning to night with live music, performanc- es, activities, contests, food booths and more at the Pasadena Conven- tion Center. Groups can also arrange for guided tours of the 1922 Rose Bowl Stadium or explore Pasadena's local food scene with Melting Pot Food Tours. W W W . V I S I T P A S A D E N A . C O M SPRING IS WHEN THE TULIPS BLOOM across Holland, Michigan, but autumn is planting season for roughly 6 million bulbs. Sometimes groups will participate in the fall community planting, "then come back in the spring and say, 'I planted that,'" said Sally Laukitis, executive di- rector of the Holland Area Visitors Bureau. e annual Tulip Time Festival has been a citywide celebration since 100,000 tulips imported from the Netherlands bloomed in 1929. Al- though Tulip Time highlights the best of Holland's Dutch culture, it kicks off in May with Fiesta!, a celebration of Holland's Latino culture. e two-day festival, held at the Shops at Westshore, features live music, traditional dancers, crafts and a car show. Many groups arrive midweek to catch the main events, including the festival's three parades. Groups can enjoy dance performances and con- certs and sign up for hands-on programs, such as stenciling Delftware patterns on dishware. e festival also offers step-on guides and a do- cent program for groups. Guests can make Dutch pastry at Nelis' Dutch Village or enjoy an or- gan concert at the 1856 Pillar Church. At Windmill Island, groups can watch a demonstration of the working flour mill in the 255-year-old DeZwaan windmill, which was imported from the Netherlands in 1964. At the DeKlomp Wooden Shoe and Delft Factory, groups can watch craftsmen carving wooden shoes, chat with artists or visit the Holland Bowl Mill to watch craftsmen make wooden bowls. W W W . H O L L A N D . O R G PASADENA, CALIFORNIA HOLLAND, MICHIGAN Courtesy Holland Area Visitors Bureau L I V E O N G R E E N T U L I P T I M E By Jamie Pham, courtesy Pasadena Center Operating Company

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