My wife and I had a baby in May and my Mother-in-Law has been nothing short of a blessing in her support and help over the last 4 months. She has always stated that attending the Rose Parade would be a dream for her. My wife and I would like to make that dream come true as a small token of our appreciation. However, my concern is that it is too late in the year to book appropriate accommodations.
My In-Laws are 66 years old and my wife and I plan on attending as well with our 7-month old. Here are my specific questions:
1. Is it too late to be done correctly?
2. Accommodations: it looks like many of the hotels/vrbos are booked over the new year. Any recommendations for appropriate hotels that would be within a reasonable distance from the parade? I would prefer to take public transportation or uber and avoid driving in traffic. I would be willing to spend up to 300-400/night but it seems that to get in the area is more like 600-700/night.
3. Seating: I have visited Sharp Seating but it appears many of the best seats are sold out (no surprise). I have read that we should get seats near the beginning of the route (Area 1) and on the south side of Colorado. Looking at the site it appears that there is some seating at 320 W. Colorado. Is this a good decision? Do I need to buy a seat for a 7-month old?
4. Extracurriculars: I would like to do all of the extracurriculars. Right now I am looking at buying tickets for "Decorating Places" and "Post Parade" through Sharp Seating as well. Any advice on this?
5. Volunteering: I would really love to arrange for my wife and MIL to help decorate a float the day(s) before. Is this possible? How would I go about setting something like this up?
Thank you for reading and any/all responses. I am researching frantically and understand that time is of the essence. I think that the accommodations will be the largest challenge.