2018 Rose Parade

Just as the sun comes up at the 2017 Rose Parade



The Rose Parade is a grand and glorious pageant, viewed by an estimated 80 million people around the world. It’s also a small-town parade, with the Queen and Court chosen from local young women and six of the 45 or so floats self-built by local cities and a university. Most of the equestrian units come from the Southwest, but the bands come from all over the world.


Where to get tickets and parking for the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade

There is no such thing as the Rose BOWL Parade!


General Information

Bandfest, Equestfest, Decorating Places, Showcase of Floats for 129th Tournament of Roses

Rose Parade trophies get an update for 2018

Documentary ‘Float’ chronicles Burbank’s entry from concept to Colorado Blvd.

Building Rose Parade floats: The tools of the trade

Put flowers on a float! Some tips

The Floats

Honor a loved one with a memorial rose on a Rose Parade float

Self-builders share picnic goodies and 2018 float renderings


Marching bands in the 2018 Rose Parade

Bandfest show schedule for 2018 Rose Parade marching units


Rose Parade 2018 equestrian lineup announced


2018 Tournament of Roses

2018 Tournament of Roses Theme poster. Courtesy Pasadena TOR.



The 129th Tournament of Roses in photos and stories

The Tournament of Roses in Pasadena is more than the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2018. It is the week-long “America’s New Year Celebration,” chock full of floats, bands, equestrians, and family-friendly activities. Visitors can attend Bandfest, Equestfest, Decorating Places, Showcase of Floats, and Live on Green.

The 129th Rose Parade features bands from all over the world, equestrian groups, and around 45 flower-covered floats presenting the theme “Making a Difference.” The 104th Rose Bowl Game pits the top teams in “The Granddaddy of Them All,” the oldest post-season collegiate bowl game.

Read all about it by clicking on the links below, which contain information about the events and people involved as well as tips on attending the events and getting around.  The list will be updated as articles are posted.  Be sure to bookmark this page and return to it frequently!


General Information


There is no such thing as the Rose BOWL Parade!

Will it rain on my Rose Parade? The rules: No Sundays, water themes, or Supreme Court Justices equals no rain

What’s in a nickname? How Pasadena California is known to locals and the world

Tournament of Roses News & Events

Make a real difference with Real Change meters

Rose Parade 

Information, floats, marching bands, and equestrians

The 2018 Royal Court

Articles & albums about the Tournament of Roses Royal Court

Rose Bowl Game

Information, events, people

Special Events

Bandfest show schedule for 2018 Rose Parade marching units

Bandfest, Equestfest, Decorating Places, Showcase of Floats for 129th Tournament of Roses

Tournament of Roses Foundation presents $200,000 in grants to SGV non-profits

Phoenix Decorating Company chosen to design gateway arch to Arroyo Seco Weekend

Even after 100 years, a Rose Queen is forever at Pasadena Museum of History

Celebrities & Sponsors

Tournament of Roses Pres. Lance Tibbet is aiming on ‘Making a Difference’ in 2018 

David Eads of LA Chamber announced as new Executive Director/CEO of  Pasadena Tournament of Roses

Helpful Links

Tournament of Roses

Tournament of Roses Parade Day Guide

Visit Pasadena Rose Parade spectator guide

Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau

Rose Bowl Stadium

Visit Pasadena Rose Bowl Game spectator guide

Rose Parade official tours at PrimeSport

Rose Bowl Game official tours at PrimeSport

Rose Parade trophies get an update for 2018

by Laura Berthold Monteros

It’s been a long time since list of Rose Parade float trophies was revamped, but we learned from our friends at La Cañada Flintridge Rose Float Association that the Tournament of Roses has announced an updated list. LCFTRA posted the information on its Facebook page today. The organization promises more enlightenment on the float judging process in the days to come.

The new Rose Parade float trophies: Here are our observations

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Photos: Royal Court cuts ribbon for 2017 Tournament of Roses hotline

by Laura Berthold Monteros

“Yes, I’m Queen Victoria!” When Tori Castellanos picked up the phone at the Visitor Hotline at the Pasadena Convention Center on Thursday, she had to assure the caller that indeed they were talking to the 99th Rose Queen. The hotline, +1 (877) 793-9911, is open from 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30 and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It’s staffed by volunteers, and lucky callers might even talk to a princess.

The hotline room was packed with photographers eager to get shots of the 2017 Royal Court at the annual Visitor Hotline ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday. The girls were a bit late (ever try to get seven teenagers ready on time?), but happy to be there to open the phones. The Visitor Hotline, run by the Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau, is best way to get on-the-spot information on events, including the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game, places to eat, hotels, parking, and activities in the Crown City.

More information is on the “GoPasadena” app, which can be downloaded to mobile devices, and on the Visit Pasadena Facebook page, and don’t forget to check out the detailed info on The Rose Examiner at The Insider’s Guide and Tournament of Roses Calendar.

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

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Tournament of Roses float listing for 2017 Rose Parade is here!

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Forty sponsored floats will participate in the 128th Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 2, 2017. In addition, four floats representing the Tournament of Roses fill roll down Colorado Blvd., two for the universities participating in the Rose Bowl Game, the theme banner, and the Royal Court float. Trophies will be awarded to 24 of the floats.

Sponsored entries

  1. 24 Hour Fitness, AES
  2. AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Fiesta Parade Floats
  3. American Armenian Rose Float Association, Phoenix Decorating Company
  4. American Honda Motor Co., Phoenix Decorating Company
  5. BDK, a Singpoli Affiliate, Paradiso Parade Floats
  6. Burbank Tournament of Roses Association, Self-Built
  7. Cal Poly Universities, Self-Built
  8. California Milk Advisory Board, Fiesta Parade Floats
  9. China Airlines, AES
  10. City of Alhambra, CA, Phoenix Decorating Company
  11. City of Hope, Phoenix Decorating Company
  12. City of Los Angeles, Fiesta Parade Floats
  13. Dole Packaged Foods, Fiesta Parade Floats
  14. Donate Life, Paradiso Parade Floats
  15. Downey Rose Float Association, Self-Built
  16. Farmers Insurance, Phoenix Decorating Company
  17. Kaiser Permanente, Fiesta Parade Floats
  18. Kiwanis International, Phoenix Decorating Company
  19. La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association, Self-Built
  20. Lions Clubs International, Phoenix Decorating Company
  21. Lucy Pet , Fiesta Parade Floats
  22. Lutheran Laymen’s League, Phoenix Decorating Company
  23. Miracle-Gro, Fiesta Parade Floats
  24. National Hockey League (NHL), Phoenix Decorating Company
  25. Netflix, AES
  26. Northwestern Mutual, Fiesta Parade Floats
  27. Occupational Therapy Association of California, Fiesta Parade Floats
  28. Odd Fellows Rebekahs Rose Float, Phoenix Decorating Company
  29. RAGÚ, Paradiso Parade Floats
  30. Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee, Inc., Phoenix Decorating Company
  31. Shriners Hospitals for Children, Phoenix Decorating Company
  32. Sierra Madre Float Association, Self-Built
  33. South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, Self-Built
  34. The Bachelor, Fiesta Parade Floats
  35. The UPS Store, Inc., Paradiso Parade Floats
  36. Torrance Rose Float Association, Fiesta Parade Floats
  37. Trader Joe’s, Phoenix Decorating Company
  38. Union Bank and the American Heart Association Western States Affiliate, Phoenix Decorating Company
  39. United Sikh Mission, Phoenix Decorating Company
  40. Western Asset Management Company, Phoenix Decorating Company

Tournament of Roses entries

  1. Queen and Court, Fiesta Parade Floats Parade Floats
  2. Rose Bowl Game University #1, AES
  3. Rose Bowl Game University #2, AES
  4. Theme Banner, Phoenix Decorating Company Decorating Company

Bands in the 2017 Rose Parade

Equestrians in the 2017 Rose Parade

What’s in a nickname? How Pasadena California is known to locals and the world

pasadena-city-logoby Laura Berthold Monteros

The Tournament of Roses Parade is watched in-person by hundreds of thousands, and the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game are seen on television and over the internet by tens of millions of people around the world. For many, it wouldn’t be New Year’s without America’s New Year Celebration.

The City of Pasadena, incorporated in 1886 by a group of well-to-do folks from the Midwest, has been hosting the Tournament of Roses since 1890.  It was originally a way to show off the lovely climate in Southern California to people suffering through winter snows, and was perhaps as much a real estate venture as a celebration. Its popularity over the decades has caused many to refer to Pasadena as “The City of Roses” or even “Rose City.” Numerous businesses are named “Rose City” this or that—veterinarians, pediatricians, dentists, counselors, contractors, even a laundromat and a high school. But folks who drive around a bit are likely to see more signs with the moniker “Crown City.”

This is because the true City of Roses is Portland, Oregon, which boasts an ideal climate for growing roses and holds its own Rose Festival in June. Pasadena, California, is “The Crown City.”  The name is ubiquitous around town, and yep, Continue reading “What’s in a nickname? How Pasadena California is known to locals and the world”

Will it rain on my Rose Parade? The rules: No Sundays, water themes, or Supreme Court Justices equals no rain

Dolphins on the Cunard float at the 2011 Showcase of Floats
Cunard float dolphins at 2011 Showcase of Floats

by Laura Berthold Monteros

There are two maxims about the Rose Parade that everyone in Pasadena knows: There’s never a parade on a Sunday, and it doesn’t rain on the parade.  Some say that the sunshiny days the Tournament of Roses has enjoyed are God smiling on the parade due to the “Never on Sunday” rule, which has held since the first time Jan. 1 fell on a Sunday in 1893 and the parade was moved to Jan. 2.  The second—well, 10 rainy days in a century-and-a-quarter isn’t a bad batting average.

What about the upcoming Rose Parade? Southern California weather forecasts are notoriously inaccurate, but here’s what we can say. It will be cold overnight and into the morning until sunup, when it might be  mild, warm, or hot. We’ve known it to shower right up to step-off at 8 a.m., when the skies open up and the California sunshine pours through, and we’ve walked around the post-parade Showcase of Floats in the rain.

The odds of rain? About one in 12, but that figure doesn’t mean much. The rainy years were closer together in the beginning, at two every 12 years: 1895, 1899, 1906, 1910, 1916, 1922, 1934, 1937. Note that the first one was only two years after the Never on Sunday rule went into effect. Then came a break of 18 years to 1955, when Chief Justice Earl Warren was the Grand Marshal, and a hiatus of a whopping 51 years to 2006, when Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was Grand Marshal. That has led Continue reading “Will it rain on my Rose Parade? The rules: No Sundays, water themes, or Supreme Court Justices equals no rain”

2017 Rose Bowl Game

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The Granddaddy of Them All, the Rose Bowl Game, is the first post-season collegiate bowl game. It was known as the East-West Game until the Rose Bowl Stadium opened in 1923. The first game was played in 1902, but U. Michigan trounced Stanford so badly (49-0) that the founders turned to other post-parade entertainment until 1916.









Do the Granddaddy of Them All: Rose Bowl Game tickets and how-to information for 2017

Meet Bobby Bell, Ricky Ervins, Tommy Prothro, Art Spander at Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, Class of 2016: Bell, Ervins, Prothro, Spander

There is no such thing as the Rose BOWL Parade!

The 103rd Rose Bowl Game

USC Trojans prevail over Penn State Nittany Lions in Rose Bowl

Photo gallery: Penn State, USC in the 2017 Rose Parade




Do the Granddaddy of Them All: Rose Bowl Game tickets and how-to information for 2017

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Tickets and packages for the 103rd Rose Bowl Game on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 are on sale at PrimeSport. Since the game is a “contractual sellout,” meaning the majority of tickets are reserved for the two participating universities for their fans, tickets are hard to come by.  Other tickets are reserved for Pasadena City Council members to distribute to their constituents, and for a few members of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association and celebrities.  It’s not easy to get tickets, but it can be done.

Pasadena residents

The Tournament of Roses offers Pasadena residents age 18 and older an opportunity to purchase two tickets each for the Rose Bowl Game one day only, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2015 at 9 a.m. They are sold at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium box office, 300 E. Green Street.  No line-ups will be allowed prior to 7 a.m. Random numbered armbands are issued from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Purchasers must prove residency with a valid California driver’s license or California Identification card with a Pasadena address.  No other form of ID will be accepted.   Cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover will be accepted, but checks will not. Tickets are $162 ($150 plus $12 box office fees) each and are limited to two per person.  For More Information, Continue reading “Do the Granddaddy of Them All: Rose Bowl Game tickets and how-to information for 2017”