The Rose Parade is California’s most popular destination on New Year’s Day, as the event attracts tens of millions of people from Pasadena, Los Angeles and the rest of the state and country each year.
From getting assaulted by drunk fellow parade visitors to getting injured or killed in police violence and terror attack… Attending the Rose Parade can turn into a scary experience for many.
Having millions of people at one location presents a wide variety of dangers during America’s seemingly most innocent parade celebrating New Year.
Today, we asked our personal injury attorneys at JML Law to reveal the most common causes of injuries during the Rose Parade – and ways to hold the parade organizers and Pasadena city officials accountable for your injuries and damages.
Dangers during the Rose Parade to be aware of
The Rose Parade offers a one-of-a-kind experience for millions of guests every year, as it’s not just a two-hour parade full of floral fantasy, but a full-day event that is said to be family-friendly.
But considering how much alcohol flows at the venue and how many drugs are consumed by the parade’s attendees as well as how many assaults take place, the Rose Parade may not sound like the safest venue for a family gathering for you and your kids.
Historically speaking, the Rose Parade has been marked by protests for decades. The venue provides protesters with a unique platform to march along the streets of Pasadena during the parade to express their views on certain issues, which, in many cases, may disrupt the New Year’s Day event.
In recent years, the Rose Parade has been thoroughly guarded by thousands of police officers to protect guests from terrorist threats. Unfortunately, protecting guests is not the only thing police officers have been doing at the parade.
More often than not, terrorist threats result in such forms of police misconduct as unlawful searches and seizures of innocent people and even police brutality when the police become overly suspicious.
Watch out for these causes of injuries at Rose Parade
But police misconduct, drug overdose and consuming an ungodly amount of alcohol during the Rose Parade are not the only dangers of the New Year’s Day event.
Our best personal injury attorneys in Los Angeles working at JML Law, one of the most reputable Californian law firms litigating personal injury cases, advise Rose Parade guests to watch out for these dangers:
- Human stampedes and crowd crushes
- Getting struck by one of the large installments moving along the parade road
- Equipment falling on people
- Slip and fall accidents (not only on the streets during the parade, but also in restrooms, where wet floors are not unheard of when millions of people gather at one event)
- Dog bites (many guests of the Rose Parade bring their dogs along)
- Getting assaulted by aggressive or reckless visitors, especially the drunk ones
- Being hit by glass bottles thrown by other attendees
- Stepping on broken glass
- Sustaining firework injuries (hundreds of fireworks are fired throughout the Rose Parade).
This is just a non-exhaustive list of the most common injury causes during the Rose Parade and other similar parades held across the U.S.
If you or any of your loved ones have been injured during the parade, don’t hesitate to consult an experienced personal injury attorney to find out your best legal options and launch an independent investigation into your injuries and damages.
Aside from other law violations applicable to your particular case, premises liability laws may also apply, allowing you to hold the Rose Parade organizers and the city of Pasadena liable for being negligent and failing to ensure a safe environment for all visitors.
Consult our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at JML Law today to investigate your personal injury claim by calling at 818-610-8800 today or send an email to schedule a free initial consultation.