Meet the 7 young women on the 2017 Rose Parade Royal Court

Maya Kawaguchi Khan, Arcadia HS; Natalie Rose Petrosian, La Cañada HS; Autumn Marie Lundy, Polytechnic HS; Shannon Tracy Larsuel, Mayfield Senior School; Lauren Emiko Powers, Arcadia HS; Audrey Mariam Cameron, Blair HS; Victoria Cecilia Castellanos, Temple City HS. c.2016 LBMonteros
Maya Kawaguchi Khan, Arcadia HS; Natalie Rose Petrosian, La Cañada HS; Autumn Marie Lundy, Polytechnic HS; Shannon Tracy Larsuel, Mayfield Senior School; Lauren Emiko Powers, Arcadia HS; Audrey Mariam Cameron, Blair HS; Victoria Cecilia Castellanos, Temple City HS. c.2016 LBMonteros

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Tuesday morning at Tournament House, 34 young women, each one qualified to represent the Tournament of Roses on the 2017 Royal Court, stood on the south porch of the Wrigley Mansion, each one hoping to hear her school, number, and name called to be on the Royal Court. That happened for seven ladies who will have the adventure of their lives over the next year. Rose Princesses Bryce Bakewell, Natalie Hernandez-Barber, and Donaly Marquez ended their 2016 service by handing rose bouquets to the girls.

This is a pretty impressive gaggle of girls. Four are planning on going into careers related to the medical field, one wants to study computer science at Caltech, another will study broadcast journalism, and one has already performed in five musicals. “Lucky” is not the word to describe these young ladies. “Mature,” “grounded,” and “extraordinary” are better terms. Readers will be amazed at the variety of volunteer experience and interests each one has.

The members of the Royal Court will be whisked off to Newport Beach this weekend and over the next two weeks will get to know each other, bond as a Court, and be observed by members of the Queen & Court Committee. The Rose Queen will be chosen from these seven girls and announced at the Coronation on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 at the Pasadena Playhouse. Tickets are available for purchase from Sharp Seating Company.

Audrey Cameron, c2016LBM
Audrey Cameron, c2016LBM

Rose Princess Audrey Mariam Cameron, 17, is a senior at Blair High School and lives in Pasadena. She said it’s a tradition to try out for the Rose Court, as Blair student and Rose Princess Donaly Marquez did last year. “I’m so excited to follow in her footsteps,” she told us. “So excited to represent our school.”

Audrey is part of the National Honors Society, PTSA, ASB, the varsity cross country team, and varsity track and field team. She volunteers as a mentor through SWAMP (Students with a Mentor Program) and the IB (International Baccalaureate) Mentor Program. She is musical as well as athletic, playing the violin and piano. She also enjoys reading, baking, and snowboarding. Audrey hopes to study pre-med and English literature at UCLA. Her parents are Margaret Cameron and the late Scott Cameron and she has three siblings, Madeleine, Liam and Luke.

Tori Castellanos, c2016LBM
Tori Castellanos, c2016LBM

Rose Princess Victoria “Tori” Cecilia Castellanos,17, is a senior at Temple City High School and lives in Temple City. She sings with Brighterside Singers at TCHS and has performed in five of the school’s musicals. We saw her in The Music Man as one of the “Pick-A-Littles” earlier this year. She said that the next musical will be My Fair Lady, and she put in a pitch for the annual Fall Festival on Oct. 15 that helps raise money for the vocal arts program.

Tori volunteers with the Pasadena Humane Society, Zooh Corner at Petco and the American Legion in Eagle Rock. She enjoys writing short stories, reading, painting, collecting antiques and thrift shopping with her mom. Tori plans to study English, Musical Theater, and Japanese and would like to attend Amherst College or Smith College. She is the daughter of Jesse Castellanos and Rachel Lasota and has three siblings, John, Erika and Margarita.

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Maya Khan, c2016LBM

Rose Princess Maya Kawaguchi Khan, 18, is a senior at Arcadia High School and lives in South Pasadena. She told us the interview process was a bit stressful, but she prayed before each interview. We spoke with her mother, Yoko Kawaguchi, who said she herself hasn’t been too involved in the Tournament of Rose until the day of the announcement. Is it all new to you, we asked? “Yes, it is!” she replied.

Maya plans on studying nursing and would like to attend Cal State Fullerton. She is a student producer on Arcadia High School’s Apache News, an online news channel and volunteers with Union Station Homeless Shelter serving food to homeless people, Arcadia Recreation and Community Services coaching youth basketball, and as a Bible study teacher for elementary to middle school students. Maya enjoys going to the gym, trying new foods, watching movies, and exploring the city. She is the daughter of Yoko Kawaguchi and has one brother, Alex.

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Shannon Larsuel, c2016LBM

Rose Princess Shannon Tracy Larsuel, 17, is a senior at Mayfield Senior School and lives in Altadena. Her Number One college of choice to study human biology with a focus in pre-med is Yale. We asked what her backup schools are. Georgetown or U Penn, she said, “Anywhere on the East Coast.” She has wanted to be a Rose Princess ever since the Royal Court visited her Girl Scout troop.

Shannon has been a National Honor Society member since 2014 and served this past summer as an intern at The Stanford Institutes of Medicine Research. She serves teen vice president with Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Pasadena Chapter Group V. and enjoys reading, traveling and exploring, and spending time with family and friends. Shannon’s parents are Dori Larsuel and the late Roy Larsuel; she has one sister, Chelsea.

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Autumn Lundy, c2016LBM

Rose Princess Autumn Marie Lundy, 17, is a senior at Polytechnic School and lives in Altadena. Born and raised in Pasadena, she told us she grew up with the Rose Parade. “I’ve been waiting for the tryouts! I’ve dreamt about it since I was a little girl.”

Autumn belongs to the Girls Service League, Crescenta Valley Soccer Club and girls’ varsity soccer team. She is currently co-president of the Black Student Union and has served as a student ambassador in the organization for the past three years. She volunteers with the Kidspace Halloween Festival, Reading Partners, Soccer without Borders, and Villa Parke Community Center. Autumn enjoys acting, drawing and painting portraits. She would like to attend Baylor University and plans on majoring in human biology and minoring in human physiology. Autumn is the daughter of Jon Lundy and Kim Lundy and has one sister.

Natalie Petrosian, c2016LBM
Natalie Petrosian, c2016LBM

Rose Princess Natalie Rose Petrosian, 17, is a senior at La Cañada High School and lives in La Cañada Flintridge. 2016 Rose Princess Natalie Hernandez-Barber handed her the bouquet of roses when her name was called to take her place on the Royal Court. She told us that she wasn’t sure she would try out, but her mother urged her on. “Mother knows best with girls,” she laughed. She enjoyed getting to know the other girls as they waited to be interviewed by the Queen & Court Committee.

Natalie is part of the girls’ varsity tennis team, Link Crew, JPL Space Academy, Future Problem Solvers Club, the 20% Time Project, and the California Athletic Trainer’s Association (CATA) Sports Medicine Competition. She volunteers with Rescue Train and enjoys listening to music, dancing, watching sporting events and writing software programs.  She would like to attend the California Institute of Technology and plans on majoring in computer science with a minor in political science. Natalie is the daughter of Shahen Petrosian and Rebecca Loera Nash.

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Emi Powers, c2016LBM

Rose Princess Lauren “Emi” Emiko Powers, 17, is a senior at Arcadia High School and lives in Arcadia. “I’m so excited. I can’t believe it’s happening,” she said. She is looking forward to the many events the Royal Court participates in, especially going to the hospital to meet the kids.

Emi is part of Arcadia High School’s Apache News, and Speech and Debate. Her volunteer work includes Arcadia Assisteens, Girl Scouts, Methodist Hospital’s ICU and her church youth group. She enjoys Taiko drums, bike riding, traveling, baking, and making those around her laugh. Emi would like to attend Syracuse University and plans on majoring in broadcast journalism with a minor in public relations. Emi is the daughter of Fred and Candice Powers and she has two brothers, Jonathan and Michael.

 

 

Photo Gallery of the Announcement of the 2017 Royal Court

34 finalists ready for slot on 2017 Rose Parade Royal Court

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Roses for the Royal Court finalists. c. LB Monteros
Roses for the Royal Court finalists. c. LB Monteros

 

It was an exciting moment for 34 young ladies, finalists for the 2017 Rose Parade Royal Court, as they took their places on the steps of Tournament House in Pasadena for a group photo shoot today. Nearly 1,000 people (there were a few boys) tried out for the Court and after three rounds of interviews, 34 were chosen to participate in the final step. In just six days, on Oct. 4, seven girls will be announced as Rose Princesses. The Queen and Court Committee used several criteria to choose the finalists, including poise, speaking ability, academic achievement, and community and school involvement.

The breakdown by school is Flintridge Sacred Heart, six; Arcadia High School, five; La Cañada High School, four; John Marshall Fundamental High and Maranatha High School, three each; Mayfield Senior School, Pasadena City College, Polytechnic School, and Temple City High School, two each; Alverno High School, Blair High School, John Muir High School, La Salle High School, and South Pasadena High School, one each.

2017 Rose Parade Royal Court finalists. c. LB Monteros
2017 Rose Parade Royal Court finalists. c. LB Monteros

Top row, from left: (#617) Natalie Rose Petrosian, La Cañada High School; (#660) Elyse Juliann Reed, La Cañada High School; (#687) Dominique Noelle Pittman, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; (#727) Audrey Mariam Cameron, Blair High School; (#762) Tiffany Claire Echols, Pasadena City College. (#732) Maya Kawaguchi Khan, Arcadia High School.

Fourth row, from left: (#350) Kamela Elyse Stewart, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; (#371) Stephanie Shih, Temple City High School; (#470) Sophia Guadalupe Lopez, South Pasadena High School; (#531) Somer Nicole Tiffani Isaac, Maranatha High School; (#533) Victoria Cecilia Castellanos, Temple City High School; (#551) Grace Osher Van de Voorde, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; (#590) Anisa Keyur Patel, La Cañada High School. 

Third row, from left: (#253) Dineen Elise Tamayo, Pasadena City College; (#265) Anne Marien Bishop, Maranatha High School; (#299) Shannon Tracy Larsuel, Mayfield Senior School; (#325) Lauren Emiko Powers, Arcadia High School; (#326) Alyssa Hadlyn Chan-Evangelista, Arcadia High School; (#332) Noni Sakile Davis, Polytechnic School; (#334) Mikayla Jyvonne Nicholas O’Reggio, Mayfield Senior School; (#339) Moondera Nodeja Rabb, Alverno High School.

Second row, from left: (#121) Natalie Marye Buntich, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; (#138) Elena Lizette Flores, John Marshall Fundamental High School; (#164) Caitlin Ann Mispagel, La Cañada High School; (#172) Alexandra Ann Tighe, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; (#193) Raquel Ann Ruiz, La Salle High School; (#211) Kin Mirley Spencer, Maranatha High School; (#212) Autumn Marie Lundy, Polytechnic School.

First row, from left: (#21) Mariah LeighAnn Benn, John Marshall Fundamental High School; (#27) Mishtii Rajmohan Murari, Flintridge Preparatory School; (#42) Kennedy Diana Callaway, John Marshall Fundamental High School; (#53) Sophia Olivia Calabretta, Arcadia High School; (#85) Marissa Rose Mendez, Arcadia High School; (#114) Lauryn Camille Miller, John Muir High School.

We spoke with Kennedy Diana Callaway at the tryouts ealier this month.

A bittersweet goodbye and a fond memory of Dodgers announcer Vin Scully as Rose Parade Grand Marshal

R. Scott Jenkins, president of the 125th Tournament of Roses, and Vin Scully, legendary Dodgers announcer, at the announcement of the Grand Marshal on Sept. 5, 2013. Copyright 2013 LBM
R. Scott Jenkins, president of the 125th Tournament of Roses, and Vin Scully, legendary Dodgers announcer, at the announcement of the Grand Marshal on Sept. 5, 2013. Copyright 2013 LBM

by Laura Berthold Monteros

With Vin Scully winding down his 67-year career with the Dodgers as the premier play-by-play announcer in baseball, it’s time to reprise the articles we wrote about his long-awaited appearance as Grand Marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade. We’ve worked them together into one tribute to the Master of the Mic.

“Hi, everybody, and a pleasant Thursday to you!” Vin Scully said when he took the lectern at Tournament House on Sept. 5, 2013.  As his signature opening line, he laughed, “I just had to say that.”  The Dodger play-by-play announcer was the choice of Tournament of Roses President R. Scott Jenkins to be the 2014 Rose Parade Grand Marshal.

“The most wonderful privilege about being president of the Tournament of Roses is two things,” R. Scott Jenkins said at the announcement that LA Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully would be the 2014 Grand Marshal on Thursday.  Number one is he gets to choose the theme, “Dreams Come True,” and number two is that he gets to choose the Grand Marshal.

After turning down the gig multiple times, Scully was finally convinced to bear the honors. We caught Jenkins as he was leaving the stage and asked how he scored Scully. The TOR president came close to your reporter and whispered, “Sandy.  One word.”  Sandy is Scully’s wife.

Scully was just about as perfect a choice as one can desire for the position, especially in a year of auspicious anniversaries: the 125th Rose Parade, the 100th Rose Bowl Game, the 100th anniversary of Tournament House, and the 65th year of Dodger baseball with Vin Scully.  Like the Tournament  Continue reading “A bittersweet goodbye and a fond memory of Dodgers announcer Vin Scully as Rose Parade Grand Marshal”

Phil Rulloda, Ronnie Siegel and Carol Togneri announced as 2017 Rose Parade float judges

Singpoli won the 2016 Sweepstakes Trophy for "Maro Polo: East Meets West." Photo copyright 2016 Ramona Monteros.
Singpoli won the 2016 Sweepstakes Trophy. Photo copyright 2016 Ramona Monteros.

from The Tournament of Roses Association

The Tournament of Roses has selected PhilRulloda, Ronnie Siegel and Carol Togneri to be float judges for the 128th Rose Parade presentedby Honda. The judges will grant awards based on many criteria including creative design, floralcraftsmanship, artistic merit, computerized animation, thematic interpretation, floral and colorpresentation and dramatic impact. The Tournament of Roses will announce the award-winning floats the morning of January 2, 2017, at Tournament House.

“Our Rose Parade float judges bring uniquely diverse skills to the judging process that greatly will assist them in the challenging task of judging each of the Parade’s incredible botanic masterpieces,” said Brad Ratliff. “Each float is designed, built and decorated by individuals who leave a small but valuably personal piece of himself and herself woven into the tapestry of each floral presentation. Each member of our esteemed panel of judges understands the theme, Echoes of Success, and is distinctly qualified to understand the role that each person plays in creating these beautiful works of art.”

About the 2017 Rose Parade Float Judges

Phil Rulloda is one of America’s chief evangelists for floral design, celebrating his 54thyear as a florist – an Ambassador of Sentiment.Having amassed an incredible number of awards in national and international designcompetitions, Phil has presented more than 500 programs to tens of thousands of professionalflorists. He was the 2004 recipient of the Society of American Florists’ Tommy Bright Award inrecognition of his lifetime achievement in floral education and commentary, in 1991 he was the first recipient Continue reading “Phil Rulloda, Ronnie Siegel and Carol Togneri announced as 2017 Rose Parade float judges”

Hundreds of girls try out for the 2017 Rose Parade Royal Court. Here are a few.

2016 Rose Princesses Natalie Hernandez-Barber and Donaly Marquez in their Royal Court summer frocks, in between orientation sessions.
2016 Rose Princesses Natalie Hernandez-Barber and Donaly Marquez in their Royal Court summer frocks, in between orientation sessions.

by Laura Berthold Monteros

It’s always a treat to talk to young women who try out for the Tournament of Roses Royal Court. It’s even sweeter to catch up with those who made it and have returned to Tournament House to explain the process to the hopefuls lined up on a warm Saturday morning in September. At the tryouts on Sept. 10, Rose Princesses Natalie Hernandez-Barber and Donaly Marquez from the 2016 Court found a few minutes between the groups of girls they were orienting to speak with us.

We spoke with a dozen young ladies after they had passed through the first round of judging and taken a tour of Tournament House. The photos and a little bit about each one are in the gallery below.

In the year since they sat on the porch listening to Princesses Emily Stoker and Gabrielle Current fill them in, Natalie and Donaly have made more than 100 appearances for the Tournament of Roses, finished high school and entered college, and gained lessons  Continue reading “Hundreds of girls try out for the 2017 Rose Parade Royal Court. Here are a few.”

Tournament of Roses inspires a middle-school mystery filled with suspense and danger

"Tiara on the Terrace" launch party. Photo by Joe Alvarez for Russell Gearhart Photography Author Kristen Kittscher's book launch for her middle-grade novel The Tiara on the Terrace, at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA on Jan. 3, 2016.

Launch party for Tiara on the Terrace at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena in January. Photo by Joe Alvarez for Russell Gearhart Photography.

 

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Last year, just about Rose Parade time, author Kristen Kittscher came out with the second book in a series about two middle-school girls, Sophie Young and Grace Yang, who with their friend Trista Bottoms solve mysteries in their town of Luna Vista. In this case, the Rose Parade and all the hoopla that surrounds it was the inspiration for The Tiara on the Terrace. The book captures the spirit and the quirks of the Tournament of Roses in Luna Vista’s Winter Sun Festival as the heroines investigate a series of murders.

Kittscher is a Pasadenan who taught middle-school English at Westridge School for Girls for several years, so she not only loves the Rose Parade, some of her students tried out for the Court. Earlier this year, we corresponded by email and Kittscher responded to questions about her book and her experiences. Being an English teacher and a writer, her responses were so well crafted that I am presenting them as a simple Q&A.

Q. The Tiara on the Terrace is very close to the Tournament of Roses, captures its fun and intensity, but you had to reimagine some things and create others.  What was your process in doing this?

A. My process was fairly simple: I knew that the elements of the Tournament I included had to serve the story. Credibility is always a hurdle when 12-year old sleuths are investigating a potential crime: I constantly have to find believable ways to put intrepid Young & Yang at the center of the action and the adults in the background. As a result, I decided to make the “Winter Sun Festival” a smaller town parade that was a shadow of its former self: With national media crawling all over town, it’d be hard to believe they wouldn’t be investigating along with my sleuths! I also decided it would be much more fun to have the mystery play out not only in the float barns, but also the “Ridley” mansion. It also helped me separate the kids from their families—and from pesky technology/cell phones, which are mystery-killers! I also needed to centralize the action to help keep the story tighter, so the float barns are part of the “Ridley Mansion” grounds.

Q. In researching this book, did you go to Tournament of Roses events, such as the tryouts, announcement of the Royal Court, tour of the Tournament House, or talk to folks in the Association?

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Playhouse District light installation at Pasadena Presbyterian Church


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by Laura Berthold Monteros 

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Located at the heart of the city, Pasadena Presbyterian Church is a perfect site for an art installation. As part of the Pasadena Playhouse District public art initiative, sculptors Megan Mueller and Samuel Scharf unveiled “Between Violet and Green” on Friday, Aug. 26. The temporary installation is a display of 360 lights on the front lawn of the church at 585 E. Colorado St. at Madison Avenue. It will remain in place through October.

The idea, Scharf told me, is to reflect the California sunlight by caching the power during the day with solar cells and playing it back at night when the lights come on. The rectangular 5LBMboxes with the lights atop were hand painted in shades of blue, and the color perspective changes as one walks past. The design uses the natural contours of the lawn to draw the eye from the massive bell tower through the rows of lights to the door of the church.

“People were coming up during the work and were very excited,” Scharf said. When the display is dismantled, he said, “The lights will be donated or used for another installation.” The photos show the installation just before and after dusk.

The Playhouse District, centered around the famous Pasadena Playhouse that gave many Hollywood stars their start, is filled with public art displays. Photos and locations can be found on their website, http://www.playhousedistrict.org/initiatives/public-art.

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Brad Ratliff, Tournament of Roses 2017 president, shares the echoes of his success

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Braad Ratliff in his brown Spalding saddleshoes at Tournament House. Photo by LB Monteros.
Brad Ratliff in his brown Spalding saddleshoes at Tournament House. Photo by LB Monteros.

“Local boy makes good” is an old adage that implies a person has made a success of himself.  To Brad Ratliff, Tournament of Roses Association president for the 2016-2017 term, success for an individual includes the people and organizations—echoes—who have aided or inspired him.  His choice of a theme for the 2017 Rose Parade, “Echoes of Success,” celebrates those people who help to form each person.  The Rose Examiner talked with him about those echoes in his life in an interview at Tournament House.

He said that as he rose up the ranks of the Tournament to oversee the 128th Rose Parade and 103 Rose Bowl Game, he knew that his choice of theme would always include success, but “The echoes part came quite circumstantially.”  A UCLA graduate, he “lived and breathed John Wooden,”  the legendary basketball coach.  He quoted Wooden: “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.”

“Wooden’s definition of success makes it unique to everyone,” he said.  “Teachers, nurses, parents, PTA…those are the echoes.”  It was his own mother who inspired the complete phrase.  He and his wife Susan purchased a paving brick to honor his mother as part of the Rose Bowl Legacy campaign. The bricks form a rose on the plaza in front of the stadium.  Her brick is inscribed “Shari Ratliff, Her Life Echoes Success. 1999, 2017.”  As his family discussed and rejected various themes, “Echoes of Success” emerged.  “It pays tribute to Mom,” he said.

The influence of his father, Dick E. Ratliff, who served as Tournament president for the 1999 events, reverberates, too.  The theme the elder Ratliff chose was “Echoes of the Century,” reflecting the closing of the 20th century.  Ratliff shared, “He’s been a great mentor and a good, good friend to me.  I admired him my entire life…. I really want this to be Continue reading “Brad Ratliff, Tournament of Roses 2017 president, shares the echoes of his success”

There is no such thing as the Rose BOWL Parade!

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Western Asset combined the Rose Bowl and the Rose Parade in this 2010 float. It had elements of the stadium and posters from ostrich races to football games in floragraphs around a silver bowl.
Western Asset combined the Rose Bowl and the Rose Parade in this 2010 float with elements of the stadium and posters from ostrich races to football games around a silver bowl.

 

Sportswriters seem to be the worst offenders. The Tournament of Roses Parade is routinely renamed as “the Rose Bowl Parade.” Maybe that’s because for them, the Rose Bowl Game held in Pasadena is the center of the New Year’s celebration. There’s history to that; The Granddaddy of Them All, as it’s called, was the first post-season football bowl game. But the parade predates the game by 12 years and the sporting event was created to promote the parade, not the other way around.

In other words, there’s a parade and there’s a bowl, but there is no such thing as the Rose Bowl Parade.

The Tournament of Roses Parade was first held on Jan. 1, 1890. The game, then called the East-West Game, was first played on Jan. 1, 1902 between the University of Michigan and Stanford University. When the Rose Bowl Stadium was ready for football in 1923, the game took on the name of the venue.

While it’s also correct, and more common, to refer to the nearly six-mile-long pageant of flowers as the Rose Parade, it is never correct to call it the Rose Bowl Parade.  There simply is no such animal in Pasadena.

The mistake is somewhat understandable.  After all, the Floridian counterpart, the Orange Bowl Game, began in 1935 and the Orange Bowl Parade did not start until 1940.  It was tied to the game, and Continue reading “There is no such thing as the Rose BOWL Parade!”

Never on Sunday for the Tournament of Roses

by Laura Berthold Monteros

The 128th Rose Parade and January-2-2017103rd Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, Calif. will not be held on New Year’s Day in 2017.  Why?  Because it’s a Sunday, and the Tournament of Roses Association just doesn’t do parades on Sundays. Instead, the Tournament of Roses will be held on Monday, Jan. 2 for the 19th time. The “Never on Sunday Rule” may seem like a blue law—an ordinance designed to enforce the religious practice of Sunday as a day of rest—but it actually makes a lot of sense in Pasadena.  Here’s a little history, and some geography to boot.

The tradition began in 1893 for the fourth Rose Parade. This was the first time the parade fell on a Sunday, and the Valley Hunt Club, which ran the parade, realized it might cause some havoc to run a parade along the main drag when a whole lot of people were in church. Colorado Blvd., the longest stretch of the Rose Parade, is lined with churches large and small and has been for well more than a century.

The problem wasn’t the worshipers, though one might suspect that the organizers would have preferred they stand outside and watch the parade and the clergy might have preferred that the parade-goers be in church. Continue reading “Never on Sunday for the Tournament of Roses”