What are the Rose Parade float trophies and who gets them?

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Isabella Coleman Trophy at Tournament House. Photo copyright 2011 by LB Monteros.
Isabella Coleman Trophy at Tournament House. Photo copyright 2011 by LB Monteros.

By the time the spectacular floats begin rolling along Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena on New Year’s morning, they have been through a rigorous judging process.  Every inch of the float must be covered with some sort of botanical material—flowers, petals, seeds, bark, grass, fruit, beans, rice, and just about anything the float designers can imagine.

The Tournament of Roses awards trophies in 24 different categories for the outstanding entries in the Rose Parade.  A panel of three judges examines the floats twice during the decorating stage and once a few hours before the New Year.  One of the judges represents the floral industry; the others may be from different but related fields. Scores are based on criteria such as creative design, floral craftsmanship, artistic merit, computerized animation, thematic interpretation, floral and color presentation, and dramatic impact.  Scores from each session are combined to determine winners.

It’s sometimes a scramble for the decorators to get finished and ensure all the animation and mechanics are working by the deadline, but a missed deadline means a missed opportunity for a prestigious award. That’s a rare occurrence, and not something a builder wants to tell a sponsor.

Here are the titles and descriptions of the Rose Parade float awards.  Keep this list on hand as you watch the parade on television or along the route, and return to this space after the parade to find out which floats and builders won!

Animation: Best animation and motion
Bob Hope Humor: Most comical and amusing
Craftsman: Exceptional showmanship and dramatic impact – over 55’ only
Crown City Innovation: Best use of imagination and innovation to advance the art of float design
Director’s honoring Jacob Maarse: Outstanding artistic merit in design and floral presentation
Extraordinaire: Most spectacular, including floats over 55’
Fantasy: Most outstanding display of fantasy and imagination
Founders’: Most spectacular built and decorated by volunteers from a community or organization
Governor’s: Best depiction of life in California
Grand Marshal’s: Excellence in creative concept and design
International: Most beautiful entry from outside the continental US
Isabella Coleman: Best presentation of color and color harmony through floral use
Judge’s Special: Most spectacular in showmanship and dramatic impact
Lathrop K. Leishman: Most beautiful non-commercial
Mayor’s: Most outstanding city entry – national or international
National: Best depiction of life in the USA, past, present or future
Past Presidents’: Most creative use of floral and non-floral
President’s: Most effective floral use and presentation
Princess’: Most beautiful 35’ or under
Queen’s: Most effective use and display of roses in concept, design, and presentation
Sweepstakes: Most beautiful entry with outstanding floral presentation and design
Theme: Excellence in presenting parade theme
Tournament Special: Exceptional merit in multiple categories, including floats over 55’
Tournament Volunteers: Best floral design of theme 35’ or under

 

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.

INSIDER’S GUIDE TO THE ROSE PARADE AND EVENTS

How to do the Rose Parade without stressing out

by Laura Berthold Monteros

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There’s nothing quite like watching the Tournament of Roses Parade in person, seeing  the colors and textures on the floats as they skim along before your eyes, hearing the best high school bands in the country, and seeing the pageantry of costumed equestrians as they ride past.  The excitement of the crowd and the joy of parade participants are best experienced first-hand. But…how? This brief guide has tips that will help you plan ahead and have a glorious time at an event that has been going since 1890.

“America’s New Year Celebration” is not limited to one day.  It goes on for nearly a week to provide visitors with more than enough to do, see, and eat.  In addition to the Rose Parade, visitors can view the floats in the days before the parade as they are being decorated and at the post-parade Showcase of Floats.  The weekend before the parade is filled with Bandfest and Equestfest, opportunities to see the musical groups and equestrians display their skills.

We’ve posted a complete calendar of events with dates, times, venues, ticketing, and costs on this site. The Insider’s Guide will give you the nuts and bolts on how to take it all in. All events are family-friendly.

Where to get personalized information

The Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau operates a Tournament of Roses Hotline at (877) 793-9911 from a few days before the Rose Parade until the last event closes down. If you’re lucky, one of the members of the Royal Court might pick up the phone! The website posts maps and a smart phone app to download that gives you access to information about Pasadena dining and attractions. For access issues, contact  Robert Gorski, Accessibility Issues Coordinator, City of Pasadena at (626)744-4785 or rgorski@cityofpasadena.net. The Official Digital Rose Parade Program app includes photos, videos, and trivia. It can be downloaded to phones and tablets from the app stores.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR MODERN TIMES

Drones are prohibited at both the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. Umbrellas and selfie sticks also are not allowed inside the stadium or within the secured grandstand area of the parade at TV Corner at the intersection of Orange Grove Boulevard and Colorado Boulevard.

PLAN AHEAD FOR A PERFECT DAY—OR WEEK

These tips will help you get the most out of your Tournament of Roses experience. There are some specific how-tos for various events, which are noted for each one. Continue reading “INSIDER’S GUIDE TO THE ROSE PARADE AND EVENTS”

One out of 7: How the Rose Queen is chosen from the Royal Court

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Rose Queen crown by Mikimoto. c. 2011 LBM
Rose Queen crown by Mikimoto. c. 2011 LBM

On a weekend in early September, nearly 1,000 young women walk by a dais of judges, hoping to be chosen for the Tournament of Roses Royal Court. One of these will become the next Rose Queen. She will preside over a court of six princesses and appear at some 100 events before and after the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. How does the Queen & Court Committee make this seemingly impossible decision?

It begins with narrowing the field from 1,000 to about 350-400 girls in the quarter-finals, and then down to around 75 for the semi-finals. During this time, they are known only by the numbers pinned on their dresses. The 30-40 finalists who line up on the steps of Tournament House in late September are for the first time identified by name, age, and school. Less than a week later, the seven young ladies who make up the Royal Court are announced to a horde of reporters, and from these, the Rose Queen will be chosen.

Committee members become the “Court Parents,” who will watch over the girls and make sure they get to their engagements.  Unlike most of the Tournament of Roses committees, the Queen & Court Committee involves   Continue reading “One out of 7: How the Rose Queen is chosen from the Royal Court”

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.

Maya Khan, c2016LBM
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.

Shannon Larsuel, c2016LBM
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.

Autumn Lundy, c2016LBM
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.

Emi Powers, c2016LBM
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.”