Rose Parade 2019 events: Buy tickets for Bandfest, Equestfest, Decorating Places, Showcase of Floats

Remo Drums of the world leads the crowd at Bandfest in tapping out rhythms.

by Laura Berthold Monteros

There are days of events preceding and following the Rose Parade. Pre-parade float decorating and post-parade Showcase of Floats, Bandfest, and Equestfest add to the excitement of America’s New Year Celebration. While tickets can be purchased on site, it’s easy to buy them in advance from Sharp Seating Company. Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone at (626) 795-4171 and in person at 737 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (enter in the rear parking lot off Meridith Ave.).  Children ages five and under are free at all events except Equestfest VIP seating.

Decorating Places (pre-parade float viewing) presented by Giti Tires, Dec. 28-31, 2018, $15
Deco Week is second only the Rose Parade in the excitement it generates in Pasadena. Floats in the final stages of decoration are on view for visitors to see how thousands of volunteers hustle to get every last seed or flower on the floats in preparation for final judging. The ticket price depends on the day of attendance, and provides entry to all locations.  Times vary by day and location; check the website for details.

Bandfest presented by Remo, $15 per performance, Dec. 29, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. and Dec. 30 at 9:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.
In addition to marching six miles in the Rose Parade, the bands put on field shows at Pasadena City College in the days before the parade.  There are three shows with different bands performing at each; the schedule will be released later in the year.  These shows often sell out before the event, so make sure to order tickets ahead of time.  Each show requires separate admission.

Equestfest presented by Wells Fargo, Dec. 29, 2018 at noon (venue opens at 10 a.m.), $15
Horse lovers get the opportunity to see the equestrian units perform in the Los Angeles Equestrian Center arena before they ride in the Rose Parade. Trick riding and reenactments are part of the fun. Merchandise and food are on sale at the venue and the horses can be viewed in the warm-up ring and stables. Parking costs $10 (paid at the venue) and is on an unpaved field or across the street for overflow. Early arrival is recommended to ensure parking inside the venue.

Equestfest Limited VIP Reserved Seating Package, $40
Included in this package are a preferred reserved seat, early VIP entrance, an official souvenir seat cushion, a goody bag with other surprises. For this package, guests of all ages require a paid ticket

Post Parade: A Showcase of Floats sponsored by Miracle-Gro, Jan. 1, 2019 from 1-5 p.m. and Jan. 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., $15
See the floats in all their glory, but standing still! Ticket price includes Park-N-Ride shuttles from two locations in Pasadena. Senior citizens and the handicapped can enter as early as 7 a.m. on Jan. 2. White Suiters and builders are on hand to offer details about the floats and flowering, and the animation on the floats is often running. There are food and merchandise vendors onsite and free water from the City of Pasadena. Ticket booths will sell admission tickets at Park-N-Ride locations and at the venue on Sierra Madre Blvd. Sales end at 3 p.m.

Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Dec. 31, 2018, noon to 1:30 p.m., $40

Enjoy a luncheon with the inductees into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Class of 2018. It’s held at the Rose Bowl Stadium in the Lot K Tent

“The Melody of Life” is the theme for the 2019 Tournament of Roses. The central events, the 130th Rose Parade and 105th Rose Bowl Game, are held on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. Subscribe to “The Rose Examiner” to get news and articles throughout the year.

 

Marching bands chosen to play ‘The Melody of Life’ in the 2019 Rose Parade

The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band was joined by a band from Angola for the 2018 Rose Parade

 

by Laura Berthold Monteros

The Tournament of Roses today announced the 20 marching bands that will traverse the length of the Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2019. They will also perform at Bandfest, Dec. 29 and 30, 2018. In addition to these 20, the bands of the two universities that are chosen to participate in the 105th Rose Bowl Game will also march in the parade. The theme of the 130th Rose Parade is “The Melody of Life.” Of note for 2019 is Banda Escolar de Guayanilla Puerto Rico, which is overcoming odds to make it to Pasadena.

Four bands have a standing invitation to the Rose Parade: Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band, Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band, United States Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band, and of course, Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band. The adjunct PCC Herald Trumpets announce the Royal Court float.

The rest have to pass a rigorous audition process, which includes musicianship, musicianship, marching ability and entertainment or special interest value. Band representatives must submit detailed applications, which include photos, video footage and letters of recommendation. They also have to be able to raise all necessary funds for travel and accommodations. Bands can apply for the 2020 Rose Parade on the Tournament of Roses website.

Bandfest is an opportunity to see the elaborate field shows put on by the organizations. Tickets are available at Sharp Seating for $15 per performance. Children under age 5 are free. Other than the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band, each unit performs in only one of the three shows. The order will be announced later in the year.

The marching bands performing in the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade are

  • Alabama State University Mighty Marching Hornets, Montgomery, Ala.
  • All-Izumo Honor Green Band, Izumo, Japan
  • Banda Escolar de Guayanilla Puerto Rico, Guayanilla, Puerto Rico
  • Banda Municipal de Acosta   Acosta, San José, Costa Rica
  • Calgary Stampede Showband Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Cavalcade of Bands Honor Band, Mid-Atlantic Region
  • Florida A&M University, The Incomparable Marching “100,” Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Flower Mound High School Band, Flower Mound, Texas
  • Lincoln-Way Marching Band, Frankfort, Ill.
  • Los Angeles Unified School District – All District High School Honor Band, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Mercer Island High School Marching Band, Mercer Island, Wash.
  • Munford High School Band, Munford, Tenn.
  • Na Koa Ali`I – Hawai`i All-State Marching Band, Kaneohe, Hawaii
  • Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps, Diamond Bar, Calif.
  • Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band & Herald Trumpets, Pasadena, Calif.
  • Pickerington Marching Band, Pickerington, Ohio
  • Royal Swedish Cadet Band, Karlskrona, Sweden
  • The Lassiter High School Marching Trojan Band, Marietta, Ga.
  • The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band, Long Beach, Calif.
  • United States Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band, San Diego, Calif.

 

2017 Rose Parade Marching Band Galleries

Ooltewah High School Marching Band dressed as toy soldiers and carried balloons, kites, crayons, and gliders.

 

 

 

I have wanted to share all the wonderful photos taken of the Rose Parade by my daughter and photographer, but it’s been such a busy year that I haven’t been able to write them up with all the details of uniforms and identifications. I’m taking a shortcut and posting photo albums of the marching bands that have not already been covered separately. Enjoy clicking through the galleries!

 

These photo galleries contain images of marching units which have not been posted before. For articles on other bands, check out the our 2017 Rose Parade main page.

 

All photos are copyright Ramona Monteros

 

 

Stripes & Honors

Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard & Composite Band; Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Industrial No. 3, Xalapa,Veracruz, Mexico; Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band; Gifu Shogyo Green Band, Gifu, Japan; LAUSD All District Honor Band; Bands of America Honor Band; US  Air Force “Total Force” Band

High School Pride

Martin Luther King Jr. HS, Lithonia, Ga.; Westlake HS, Austin, Texas; Lawrence Township, Indianapolis, Ind,; Niceville HS, Niceville, Fla.; Broken Arrow HS, Broken Arrow, Okla.; Arcadia HS, Arcadia, Calif.; Foothill HS, Henderson, Nev.; Ooltewah HS, Ooltewah, Tenn.; Pulaski HS, Pulaski Wis.; Grove City HS, Grove City, Ohio

Bandfest show schedule for 2018 Rose Parade marching units

Pasadena City College takes the field at Bandfest

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Rose Parade bands are not only required to march 5 ½ miles in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, they prepare elaborate field shows for Bandfest Presented by Remo. There are three shows over two days, with different marching units at each one. Only the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band, as  host, plays in all three. The shows are performed in Robinson Stadium at Pasadena City College. Parking is free in the PPC structure at Hill and Del Mar. Tickets are $15 per person (children age 5 and under are free) and are available at the venue.

Some tips:

  • Purchase tickets in advance from Sharp Seating. The shows sell out quickly.
  • Arrive early, allowing time to find a parking space, walk to the stadium, and be seated in time for the Remo Drums of the World drum-along.
  • Don’t forget to grab a program and little drum on the way in!
  • Seating is on the north side of the stadium, so the southern sun hits it most of the day. It can be very hot, but when the sun starts to set, it can suddenly cool down. Bring water and wear layers and sunscreen.
  • Food and beverages are available from vendors onsite, and there are several eateries across the street from the campus on the north side of Colorado Blvd.

SHOW SCHEDULE (subject to change)

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Phoenix Decorating Company chosen to design gateway arch to Arroyo Seco Weekend: New Photos

An enchanted passage into the Arroyo, designed by Phoenix Decorating Company and covered in all natural botanicals. Photo c.2017 Carlos Monteros

 

by Laura Berthold Monteros

The excitement was apparent in publicist Chuck Hayes’ voice when we talked on the phone this evening about Phoenix Decorating Company’s latest build. The most prolific float builder for the Tournament of Roses Parade, the company was tapped by Goldenvoice to build an entry archway for the Arroyo Seco Weekend coming up this Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25. It’s a classic Rose Parade rendition of a Pasadena icon, the Spanish Colonial Revival City Hall. The Spanish tile dome and copper-clad cupola perches on a 20-foot-wide sculpture patterned after the rotunda arches.

In classic float style, the Tournament of Roses Archway is covered in botanical materials chosen by COO and Floral Director Lyn Lofthouse. She used light lettuce seed, poppy seed, ground onion seed, coconut, powdered rice, lima beans, navy beans, black beans, and strawflower. Hayes also gave credit to Production Manager Sean McMinimy and the skilled crew at Phoenix in completing the project.

Phoenix Decorating Company President and CEO Chris Lofthouse stated, “Phoenix Decorating Company was honored to be asked to create the Arroyo Seco Weekend Archway in the style of a Rose Parade Float by Goldenvoice, it is our hope that the people who visit the festival will return on January 1, 2018 to see our floats in the Rose Parade.”

Entry archway for Arroyo Seco Weekend being towed into the Rose Bowl area. Courtesy Phoenix Decorating Company.
Entry archway for Arroyo Seco Weekend being towed into the Rose Bowl area. Courtesy Phoenix Decorating Company.

While only a few people can ride on a Rose Parade float, thousands of people will get a taste of the experience as they enter the festival through the decorated arch over the two days. The freestanding piece stands 20 feet high with arches 13 feet high and 13 feet wide. It weighs more than 2,000 pounds. It was towed from the float barn in Irwindale on a flatbed, with the dome lying beside the arch.

Hayes chuckled, “You know we don’t like tows!” The company usually drives the floats from parade route to the float barn—and no builder likes an emergency tow during the Rose Parade—but in this case, the logistics of getting the piece down into the low-lying Rose Bowl area required a bit of help.

An artist’s concept of the arch is on the Arroyo Seco Weekend site. The family-friendly event includes activities at Kidspace, several stages for bands, and several art installations. Readers can follow Phoenix on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PhoenixDecoratingCo

 

 

 

Tournament of Roses celebrities and Salvation Army Band in 2017 Rose Parade

A special honor went to retiring Executive Director/CEO Bill Flinn with a ride in a 1936 Packard Phaeton, one of only 10 made in the last year of production. Floral designers chose reds and hot pinks to contrast the silver finish.

 

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Celebrities are not a big part of the Tournament of Roses Parade. Some float sponsors have celebrity riders, of course, but the Tournament itself generally only has four: Grand Marshal, Rose Bowl Hall of Fame inductees, Pasadena Mayor, and TOR President. The 128th Rose Parade had a whole slew of them, with three Grand Marshals, each in her/his own car, and retiring Executive Director/CEO Bill Flinn followed by his beloved Salvation Army Band added to the usual subjects.

All the cars were decorated by FTD floral designers J. Keith White, AIFD CFD and Peter Samek, AIFD. We wrote up the parade appearances of the Grand Marshals and Pres. Brad Ratliff with his 20 mules with great photos of the people and rides. Check out the photo gallery below for the rest of the 2017 Rose Parade celebrities. Continue reading “Tournament of Roses celebrities and Salvation Army Band in 2017 Rose Parade”

Marching bands for the 2018 Rose Parade announced

University of Southern California Trojan Band in the 2017 Rose Parade. Copyright Ramona Monteros.
University of Southern California Trojan Band in the 2017 Rose Parade. Copyright Ramona Monteros.

by Laura Berthold Monteros 

Tournament of Roses President Lance Tibbet announced the 20 marching bands that have been chosen to make the 5½ mile trek along the 129th Rose Parade route on Jan. 1, 2018. Besides the bands listed below, the two universities that play in the 104th Rose Bowl Game will appear. The theme for 2018 festivities is “Making a Difference,” something that music does every day for the young people who participate.

In addition to the parade, the bands will perform field shows at Bandfest, a two-day three-performance event that is a must-see for band geeks. Tickets are available at Sharp Seating for $15 per performance. Children under age 5 are free. Other than the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band, each unit performs in only one show. The lineup will be announced later in the year.

Four bands have a standing invitation to the Rose Parade: Los Angeles Unified School District All Continue reading “Marching bands for the 2018 Rose Parade announced”

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

USC's mascot, Traveler, lopes along the 2017 Rose Parade route while Tommy Trojan gives the USC salute.
Traveler at Rose Parade

by Laura Berthold Monteros

The University of Southern California Trojans may have won the 103rd Rose Bowl Game 52-49 on Jan. 2, but the Penn State Nittany Lions made them work for it. In honor of two great teams, here are photos of the bands and cheerleaders for both in the 128th Tournament of Roses Parade.

Sitting at TV Corner—the place where the Rose Parade route takes a 109 degree turn from going north on Orange Grove to east on Colorado—we got a great look at both bands. The Penn State fans behind us cheered loudly for the band, chanting “We are Penn State.” The band certainly deserved the cheers for the on-point square turn they made, but somehow the chant lacks the fearsome quality of, say, “Fight on!” or “U(dadada) C(dadada) L(dadada) A.” But that’s betraying our provincialism. Still, it did seem the Penn State Continue reading “Photo gallery: Penn State, USC in the 2017 Rose Parade”

Live on Green is back! with the USAF, LA Rams, fun, and entertainment

USAF Color Guard at Live on Green 2015. c.LBM2015
USAF Color Guard at Live on Green 2015. c.LBM2015

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Last year’s debut Live on Green event entertained more than 30,000 people in the days before the Rose Parade. It’s back, bigger and more spectacular for 2016, with the largest display ever of Air Force equipment, technology, and memorabilia under one roof. The occasion is the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the United States Air Force. The centerpiece will be the latest stealth aircraft, the F-35A, which just started operation in August. The plane will be dismantled and boxed up, to be reassembled in the Pasadena Convention Center. It will be accompanied by an F-16 jet.

For two great videos about the F-35A, watch this from LockheedMartin and this from Fox.

Live on Green is a free family festival held at the Pasadena Convention Center complex, 300 E. Green St. on Dec. 30 and 31, 2016 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) and Jan. 1, 2017 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). The 128th Tournament of Roses is on Monday, Jan. 2 due to the “Never on Sunday” rule. It’s a fun place for locals and out-of-towners to find entertainment, activities, information, and good food at a decent price. It’s put together by Huerta Quorum (HQ) with support from commercial sponsors.

Barbara Cocks, president of HQ, told The Rose Examiner that the free event is “the result of great sponsors.” These include Dole Packaged Foods, Continue reading “Live on Green is back! with the USAF, LA Rams, fun, and entertainment”

128th TOURNAMENT OF ROSES CALENDAR LISTING

For inside tips on how to get the most out  of your time at the Tournament of Roses, read “Insider’s Guide to the Rose Parade and Events.”

THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 2016

Decorating Places presented by Giti Tire, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., $10 per person (age 5 and under free) for all three locations: Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco St., Brookside Pavilion, Lot I south of the Rose Bowl, and Rose Palace, 835 S. Raymond Ave. Tickets are sold onsite or online from Sharp Seating, (626) 795-4171.

Expo Village, Lot I in Brookside Park, runs concurrently with float viewing. Food, exhibits, souvenirs.

FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 2016

Decorating Places presented by Giti Tire, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., $10 per person (age 5 and under free) for all three locations: Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco St., Brookside Pavilion, Lot I south of the Rose Bowl, and Rose Palace, 835 S. Raymond Ave.

Expo Village, Lot I in Brookside Park, runs concurrently with float viewing. Food, exhibits, souvenirs.

Live on Green, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., free at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St. Activities for the family, exhibits and displays, food and music, and free shuttles to Decorating Places in the Rose Bowl area.

Equestfest, $15 per person (age 5 and under free), 10 a.m. at Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Dr., Burbank. A VIP package is available for $40. Parking $10, paid at the site. Tickets are sold onsite or online from Sharp Seating, (626) 795-4171. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Bandfest, Show 1, $15 per person (age 5 and under free), 1 p.m. on Robinson Field at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. Parking is free. Tickets are sold onsite or online from Sharp Seating, (626) 795-4171.

SATURDAY, DEC. 31, 2016

Decorating Places presented by Giti Tire, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., $10 per person (age 5 and under free) for all three locations: Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco St., Brookside Pavilion, Lot I south of the Rose Bowl, and Rose Palace, 835 S. Raymond Ave.

Expo Village, Lot I in Brookside Park, runs concurrently with float viewing. Food, exhibits, souvenirs.

Live on Green, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., free at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St. Activities for the family, exhibits and displays, food and music, and free shuttles to Decorating Places in the Rose Bowl area.

Bandfest, Show 2, $15 per person (age 5 and under free), 9 a.m. on Robinson Field at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. Parking is free.

Bandfest, Show 3, $15 per person (age 5 and under free), 1:30 p.m. on Robinson Field at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. Parking is free.

SUNDAY, JAN. 1, 2017

Decorating Places presented by Giti Tire, $15 per person (age 5 and under free), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rose Palace, 835 S. Raymond Ave.

Live on Green, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., free at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St. Activities for the family, exhibits and displays, food and music, and free shuttles to Decorating Places in the Rose Bowl area.

Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, $40 for reserved seating with lunch & $10 general admission, noon at Rose Bowl Stadium Lot K tent. A food truck will be onsite. Limited tickets available from Sharp Seating, (626) 795-4171.

MONDAY, JAN. 2, 2017

128th Tournament of Roses Parade, promptly at 8 a.m., Colorado Blvd. between Orange Grove and Sierra Madre. Purchase grandstand seats online or by calling Sharp Seating, (626) 795-4171 or Pasadena Presbyterian Church, which also serves a continental breakfast and has indoor restrooms, (626) 793-2191.

Rose Bowl Game Public Tailgate Party, free, beginning at 8 a.m. in Lot H of the Rose Bowl. Food available for purchase, displays, entertainment. Contact the Rose Bowl Stadium, (626) 577-3100, for more information.

Showcase of Floats presented by Miracle-Gro including Park-N-Ride fare, $13 per person (age 5 and under free), 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards by Victory Park. Free street parking or paid in local lots. Park-N-Ride shuttles are available at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. Tickets are sold onsite or online from Sharp Seating, (626) 795-4171.

103rd Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual, 1:30 p.m. at the Rose Bowl. Television coverage on ESPN and ESPN Deportes; radio broadcast on ESPN Radio and XM Satellite Radio. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and PrimeSport. More information here.

TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2017

Showcase of Floats presented by Miracle-Gro including Park-N-Ride fare, $13 per person (age 5 and under free), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards by Victory Park. Seniors and handicapped may enter at 7 a.m. Free street parking or paid in local lots. Park-N-Ride shuttles are available at the Rose Bowl and Pasadena City College.