Arrests on the Rose Parade route and at the Rose Bowl Football Game have declined again this year.
Police arrested nine people, mostly for public drunkenness on the parade route and during the game.
“People are not getting intoxicated and walking around. In years past, you would see gang members out in packs drinking and throwing up gang signs,” said Pasadena Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. Jason Clawson.
Four people were arrested on the parade route, three for public intoxication and one for an outstanding warrant, according to Clawson. At the game, two people were arrested for attempting to get on the field, one for indecent exposure, one for petty theft and one for assault.
Those numbers are a marked decrease from 2016 and 2017. In 2016, 16 people were arrested at the parade and game, most for public intoxication. Last year, six arrests were made on the parade route, including one for trespassing. Eleven people were arrested at the game, all for public intoxication.
In years immediately prior to those, the parade saw arrests made in connection with protests by activist groups, including Black Lives Matter, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and activists protesting abuses by the Chinese government. This year there were no protests at the parade.
Lt. Pete Hettema said in years past one officer could make more than 20 arrests during the holiday festivities. In 1988, for instance, things were so bad along the parade route that 444 people were arrested midway through the parade. In 1990, 173 people had been arrested by that same point in the two-hour event, according to the Los Angeles Times.
In 2016, more law enforcement agencies than ever were deployed after terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris. An unknown number of agents with Homeland Security, the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and the Secret Service also worked the event.
Even more security was added after the bombings in Paris months before the 2017 parade. This year, security was ramped up even more in response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead and 546 people injured.
“A lot of it is just having police in the right places,” Clawson said. “Even having the right number of porta potties decreases urinating in public.”