Cruz’n for Roses show takes over Mission Street Sunday as hot rods and vintage cars make the street their temporary home.This a huge fund-raiser for South Pasadena’s float in the Tournament of Roses parade. Gavilan Media Archive Photo

The Cruz’n for Roses Car Show, now in its 14th year, is an annual tradition in South Pasadena every September when Mission Street is closed down and filled with hot rods and classic cars.

“It’s that home town, Route 66 kind of a show that hopefully benefits not only the float but also the city itself,” said Janet Benjamin, coordinator of the event.

From Fair Oaks Avenue to the Gold Line Mission Station, Mission Street will feature hundreds of customs, muscle cars, and street hot rods from 10 a.m. (when the opening ceremony will be held at Mission and Fairview) to 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, it’s not too late to register a car. “We will be registering cars even on the day of the show because we still have some room,” Benjamin said.

Most of the local shops will be open Sunday and there will be plenty of refreshments, food, exhibits, raffles, trophies, and fun for the whole family.

“We’ve always kept it a family event,” she said. “It’s the spectators that make this event what it is.”

The South Pasadena Police & Fire Department will also hold an Open House featuring helicopters, police and fire demonstrations, and police canines, and there will be an opportunity to meet the new mascot, “Justice.” Both departments will also have important information regarding earthquake and disaster safety, hands-on emergency preparedness activities, and child fingerprinting and photographs.

All proceeds benefit the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses, the organization that funds the oldest self-built float in the parade. 

“All of the money that we do raise goes to the (Rose Bowl) float and it is so important to us and the reason why we’ve done this event for 14 years,” said Benjamin. “It is one of our biggest fundraisers.”

This year’s float, which is currently under construction, is entitled “Three Little Birds.” Three birds will be perched on top of a guitar, one of several instruments to be featured on the float. The theme for the 2019 Rose Parade is “The Melody of Life.”

For more details on this coming event, check-out the South Pasadena Review’s event listing here.

Mario Boucher
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Mario Boucher is the Senior Reporter for the South Pasadena Review. Mario has been a print and online journalist for 30 years.

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