128th Tournament of Roses Parade Order of March

by Laura Berthold Monteros

The 128th Rose Parade takes place on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 in Pasadena, Calif. and features spectacular marching bands, costumed equestrians, and of course, flower-covered floats. There are nearly 100 entries for the 2017 parade.

The Order of March is a bit unusual. The Tournament of Roses President, Brad Ratliff, appears rather late in the parade at No. 65, just ahead of his hometown float, La Cañada Flintridge. Like 2014 Pres. Scott Jenkins, he’ll be in a wagon pulled by equines. Speaking of equines, it is rare for two equestrian units to be placed back-to-back in the Rose Parade, but the Union Rescue Mission and Philippine Scouts are this year at Nos. 77 and 78. The LAUSD All District High School Honor Band is paired with the National Hockey League float, probably hoping for another Stanley Cup win by the LA Kings.

Tournament block:

Entries No. 33 through 48 all have a strong Tournament of Roses connection and lots of star power. It’s the largest block of Tournament-related entries we’ve seen. The City of Los Angeles float, which is the longest-standing Rose Parade float entry, drums up interest in hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics. It’s followed by the three Grand Marshals, all award-winning Olympians, and includes the 2018 Queen and Court, 2017 Rose Bowl Game Hall of Fame inductees, Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, Rose Parade founders Valley Hunt Club, and retiring Tournament of Roses Executive Director/CEO William B. Flinn. Flinn, the conductor of The Salvation Army’s Pasadena Tabernacle Band, is followed by The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band, one of three bands guaranteed a Rose Parade slot. Floats are presenting sponsors Miracle-Gro (post-parade Showcase of Floats) and Northwestern Mutual (Rose Bowl Game), and the two Rose Bowl Game teams. The PCC Herald Trumpets and Tournament of Roses Honor Band, and the two Rose Bowl university bands provide music.

Order of March

  1. Pasadena Police Motorcycles
  2. Sound Car: 2017 Honda Ridgeline
  3. Pace Car: 2017 Honda Clarity
  4. American Honda Opening Show
  5. Theme Banner “Echoes of Success”
  6. Air Force B2 Spirit Flyover
  7. American Honda “Hope Blooms Forever” Phoenix Decorating Company
  8. United States Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard, Barstow, Calif.
  9. United States Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band, MCAS Miramar, MCRD San Diego and Camp Pendleton, Calif.
  10. Downey Rose Float Association “The Gold Rush!” Self Built
  11. Wells Fargo Stagecoaches, Los Angeles, Calif.
  12. Donate Life “Teammates in Life” Paradiso Parade Floats
  13. Martin Luther King Jr. High School Kings of Halftime, Lithonia, Ga.
  14. Burbank Tournament of Roses Association “Home Tweet Home” Self Built
  15. City of Hope “The Miracle of Science with Soul” Phoenix Decorating Company
  16. Westlake High School Chaparral Band, Austin, Texas
  17. Scripps Miramar Saddlebreds, San Diego, Calif.
  18. Dole “Spirit of Hawaii” Fiesta Parade Floats
  19. Lawrence Township, Marching Pride of Lawrence Township, Indianapolis, Ind.
  20. Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee “Doing Good in the World” Phoenix Decorating Company
  21. Backcountry Horsemen of Calif., Mid-Valley Unit, Sonora, Calif.
  22. 24 Hour Fitness “Do More with Your 24” AES
  23. Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Industrial No. 3, Buhos Marching Band, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
  24. Trader Joe’s “All Aboard!” Phoenix Decorating Company
  25. The Norco Cowgirls & The Little Miss Norco Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team, Norco, Calif.
  26. Kiwanis International “Children’s Dreams, The World’s Potential” Phoenix Decorating Company
  27. Niceville High School, Eagle Pride, Niceville, Fla.
  28. BDK, a Singpoli Affiliate “The Monkey King: Journey to Success” Paradiso Parade Floats
  29. American Armenian Rose Float Association “Field of Dreams” Phoenix Decorating Company
  30. Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society, San Diego, Calif.
  31. Union Bank and the American Heart Association Western States Affiliate “Keep the Beat Alive” Phoenix Decorating Company
  32. Broken Arrow High School, The Pride of Broken Arrow, Broken Arrow, Okla.
  33. City of Los Angeles “Follow the Sun” Fiesta Parade Floats
  34. Tournament of Roses Grand Marshals
    1. Grand Marshal Janet Evans
    2. Grand Marshal Allyson Felix
    3. Grand Marshal Greg Louganis
  35. Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Herald Trumpets
  36. Tournament of Roses 2018 Royal Court, Fiesta Parade Floats
  37. 2017 Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Inductees
  38. 103rd Rose Bowl Game Penn State University, Artistic Entertainment Services
  39. 103rd Rose Bowl Game Penn State University Band 1
  40. Mayor of Pasadena Terry Tornek
  41. Miracle-Gro “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” Fiesta Parade Floats
  42. Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band
  43. Valley Hunt Club, Pasadena, Calif.
  44. 103rd Rose Bowl Game University of Southern California, Artistic Entertainment Services
  45. 103rd Rose Bowl Game University of Southern California Band
  46. Northwestern Mutual “Waves of Hope” Fiesta Parade Floats
  47. Tournament of Roses Executive Director/CEO William B. Flinn
  48. The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band, Los Angeles
  49. AIDS Healthcare Foundation “To Honor & Remember Orlando” Fiesta Parade Floats
  50. Los Hermanos Bañuelos Charro Team
  51. Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Rose Float “Through the Ages” Phoenix Decorating Company
  52. Arcadia High School, Arcadia High School Apache Marching Band and Color Guard, Arcadia, Calif.
  53. The UPS Store, Inc. “Books Bring Us Together” Paradiso Parade Floats
  54. The Mane Attraction Equestrian Drill Team, Riverside, Calif.
  55. Lucy Pet “Lucy Pet’s Gnarly Crankin’ K-9 Wave Maker” Fiesta Parade Floats
  56. Gifu Shogyo Green Band, Gifu, Japan
  57. United Sikh Mission “Together We Rise” Phoenix Decorating Company
  58. 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment, Fort Hood, Kileen, Texas
  59. Foothill High School, Falcon Marching Band, Henderson, Nev.
  60. Shriners Hospitals for Children “Anything Is Possible” Phoenix Decorating Company
  61. Seven Oaks Farm Miniature Therapy Horses, Hamilton, Ohio
  62. Occupational Therapy Association of California “Celebrating a Century of Occupational Therapy” Fiesta Parade Floats
  63. The Bachelor “Echoes of Love” Fiesta Parade Floats
  64. Ooltewah High School, Ooltewah High School Marching Band, Ooltewah, Tenn.
  65. Tournament of Roses President Brad Ratliff
  66. La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association “Backyard Rocketeer” Self Built
  67. Cal Poly Universities “A New Leaf” Self Built
  68. California Highway Patrol Mounted Patrol Unit, Sacramento, Calif.
  69. California Milk Advisory Board “Legacy of Generations” Fiesta Parade Floats
  70. Pulaski High School, Red Raider Marching Band, Pulaski, Wis.
  71. Sierra Madre Rose Float Association “The Cat’s Away” Self Built
  72. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Mounted Enforcement Unit, Santa Barbara, Calif.
  73. Lions Club International “Celebrating 100 Years of Service” Phoenix Decorating Company
  74. Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band, Los Angeles, Calif.
  75. National Hockey League, NHL “A Century of NHL Greatness” Phoenix Decorating Company
  76. Kaiser Permanente “50 Years of Helping People Grow” Fiesta Parade Floats
  77. Union Rescue Mission  – Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif.
  78. Philippine Scouts Heritage Society, U.S. Army’s 26th Cavalry Regiment, Los Angeles, Calif.
  79. RAGÚ “Simmered in Tradition” Paradiso Parade Floats
  80. Bands of America Honor Band, Representing all 50 States, Indianapolis, Ind.
  81. City of Alhambra “No Call Too Small” Phoenix Decorating Company
  82. Budweiser Clydesdales, St. Louis, Mo.
  83. Torrance Rose Float Association “Be Your Own Knight” Fiesta Parade Floats
  84. China Airlines “Return to the Beauty of Taiwan” Artistic Entertainment Services
  85. United States Air Force “Total Force” Band, District of Columbia
  86. Lutheran Laymen’s League/Lutheran Hour Ministries “Celebrate Jesus” Phoenix
  87. Spirit of the West Riders, Leona Valley, Calif.
  88. Netflix “Soar Beyond Imagination” Artistic Entertainment Services
  89. Grove City High School, The Grove City High School Marching Band, Grove City, Ohio
  90. Farmers Insurance Group “We Came, We Saw, We Covered” Phoenix Decorating Company
  91. South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association “Never Give Up” Self Built
  92. The New Buffalo Soldiers, Shadow Hills, Calif.
  93. Western Asset Management Company “Prosperity in the Wild” Phoenix Decorating Company
  94. Closing Show presented by Wells Fargo
  95. Santa Clara Vanguard, Santa Clara, Calif.
  96. Kern County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, Bakersfield, Calif.