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.
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.
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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
“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.
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.
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.
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.
24 Hour Fitness, AES
AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Fiesta Parade Floats
American Armenian Rose Float Association, Phoenix Decorating Company
American Honda Motor Co., Phoenix Decorating Company
BDK, a Singpoli Affiliate, Paradiso Parade Floats
Burbank Tournament of Roses Association, Self-Built
Cal Poly Universities, Self-Built
California Milk Advisory Board, Fiesta Parade Floats
China Airlines, AES
City of Alhambra, CA, Phoenix Decorating Company
City of Hope, Phoenix Decorating Company
City of Los Angeles, Fiesta Parade Floats
Dole Packaged Foods, Fiesta Parade Floats
Donate Life, Paradiso Parade Floats
Downey Rose Float Association, Self-Built
Farmers Insurance, Phoenix Decorating Company
Kaiser Permanente, Fiesta Parade Floats
Kiwanis International, Phoenix Decorating Company
La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association, Self-Built
Lions Clubs International, Phoenix Decorating Company
Lucy Pet , Fiesta Parade Floats
Lutheran Laymen’s League, Phoenix Decorating Company
Miracle-Gro, Fiesta Parade Floats
National Hockey League (NHL), Phoenix Decorating Company
Northwestern Mutual, Fiesta Parade Floats
Occupational Therapy Association of California, Fiesta Parade Floats
Odd Fellows Rebekahs Rose Float, Phoenix Decorating Company
RAGÚ, Paradiso Parade Floats
Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee, Inc., Phoenix Decorating Company
Shriners Hospitals for Children, Phoenix Decorating Company
Sierra Madre Float Association, Self-Built
South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, Self-Built
The Bachelor, Fiesta Parade Floats
The UPS Store, Inc., Paradiso Parade Floats
Torrance Rose Float Association, Fiesta Parade Floats
Trader Joe’s, Phoenix Decorating Company
Union Bank and the American Heart Association Western States Affiliate, Phoenix Decorating Company
United Sikh Mission, Phoenix Decorating Company
Western Asset Management Company, Phoenix Decorating Company
Tournament of Roses entries
Queen and Court, Fiesta Parade Floats Parade Floats
Rose Bowl Game University #1, AES
Rose Bowl Game University #2, AES
Theme Banner, Phoenix Decorating Company Decorating Company
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.”
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 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.
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.
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”→