Honoring vets in the 2018 Rose Parade with USMC, GM Gary Sinise, Purple Heart: Photos

by Laura Berthold Monteros

The four entries leading off the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1 formed a group tribute to veterans of United States military service: USMC Mounted Color Guard, USMC West Coast Composite Band, Grand Marshal Gary Sinise, and the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs float. The float, “Sacrifice to Serve,” was co-sponsored by the Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A., Inc. to honor recipients of the Purple Heart, which is awarded to service members who were injured in battle.

The color guard is a fixture at the front of the Rose Parade. Headquartered at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Barstow, Calif., it is the last remaining US Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard. The Marines ride rescued wild mustangs, adopted through the Bureau of Land Management’s Adopt a Horse program. GySgt Carlton Esswein is the Staff NCO in charge of the unit; MCLB Barstow commanding officer is Col. Sekou Karega and the base sergeant major is SgtMaj Sergio MartinezRuiz.

Small but mighty, the USMC West Coast Composite Band plays the Marine’s Hymn and other march favorites. For 2018, the band was comprised of Marine Band San Diego, First Marine Division Band, and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band led by drum major GySgt Hugh Wurts. CWO3 Christian Flores, Band Officer and MGySgt Brian Paradis, Bandmaster, direct the band. All band members are fully combat trained, and many have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Grand Marshal Gary Sinise has worked with veterans’ organizations for decades and established the Gary Sinise Foundation to better serve them. His work fits well with the parade theme “Making a Difference.” Sinise was thrilled to be chosen as the Rose Parade Grand Marshal, because he grew up watching the parade and realizes the honor and reach of this annual tradition.

The 1919 Dodge Brothers automobile that carried him and his wife, Moira Harris, was the car driven by Jimmy Stewart (himself a WWII veteran) in It’s a Wonderful Life and is used by owners Keith and Marilyn Smith to raise money for veteran groups. The movie was the holiday entertainment of choice for the family of Tournament of Roses Pres. Lance Tibbet, so the car is special to him, as well.

The Rose Examiner has posted several articles about Gary Sinise and the car:

Gary Sinise, humanitarian and actor, is Grand Marshal for 2018 Rose Parade

Photo gallery: Tournament of Roses 2018 Grand Marshal Gary Sinise

Grand Marshal Gary Sinise tries out his Rose Parade ride

“Sacrifice to Serve,” the 69th Rose Parade entry for Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Rose Float, Inc., won the Director Award for most outstanding artistic design and floral presentation. It was designed by Michelle Lofthouse and built by Phoenix Decorating Company. The float used 158,320 roses and other flowers, as well as a large variety of dry materials. Pampas and buffalo grasses, palm bark and palm bark fiber, and hand-cut corn husk feathers covered the imposing eagle. The purple heart at the front was created with dark blue iris, yellow and white mums, gold clover and flax seed, and fine-cut yellow strawflower. Floragraphs used onion powder, poppy seed, rice, ground split pea, strawflower, statice, walnut shell, and coffee.

All photos copyright 2018 by LB Monteros.

 

2019 Rose Parade

 

 

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

Tickets

Where to get tickets and parking for the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade

There is no such thing as the Rose BOWL Parade!

Floats

General Information

Rose Parade trophies get an update for 2018

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

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

Building Rose Parade floats: The tools of the trade

Put flowers on a float! Some tips

Bands

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

Equestrians

 

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.

 

2017 Rose Parade Opening & Closing Shows

Final words of the 128th Rose Parade from the Tournament of Roses and Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps.

American Honda presents spectacular opening show at the Tournament of Roses Parade, including a band and drill teams, the Theme Banner float, and the company’s own float. The crowd responds with loud cheers. First, though, is the contingent of Pasadena Police Department motorcycle cops, who do some fancy riding to get the folks warmed up, and the sound and pace cars. The show was especially rousing for the 128th Rose Parade, and is really best seen from the overhead cameras of KTLA. A post-parade video of the float is on YouTube.

As the parade finishes up, Wells Fargo takes the reins with a stagecoach and a patriotic performance that honors military veterans. In 2017, the entry focused on the American Red Cross’ assistance to veterans and their families. Coming at the official end of the parade is a mounted law enforcement group.

And then comes the “Second Parade,” a mass of folks organizing in what seems a spontaneous demonstration, but which is usually well-rehearsed so parade-goers will be entertained while the point is made.

 

For more articles on the Tournament of Roses, check out our 2017 Rose Parade main page.

All photos are copyright Ramona Monteros or Laura B. Monteros

Opening Show presented by American Honda

Closing Show presented by Wells Fargo

2017 Rose Parade Equestrian Galleries

Where there are equestrians, there are pooper scoopers. There are dedicated Tournament of Roses volunteers all along the Rose Parade route who clean up after the horses, so the bands and outwalkers don’t have to tread in the muck.

 

 

 

I have wanted to share all the wonderful photos taken of the Rose Parade equestrians 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 breed and tack. I’m taking a shortcut and posting photo albums of the equestrian units that have not already been covered separately. Enjoy clicking through the galleries! For articles on other units, check out the our 2017 Rose Parade main page.

 

All photos are copyright Ramona Monteros

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out West

Wells Fargo Stagecoaches, Back Country Horsemen of California, Norco Cowgirls and Little Miss Norco Cowgirls, Valley Hunt Club, Los Hermanos Bañuelos, Union Rescue Mission, Budweiser Clydesdales, Sprit of the West Riders

 

 

Serving Others

Scripps Miramar Saddlebreds, Victorian Ladies Riding Society, Mane Attraction Equestrian Drill Team, 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment, Seven Oaks Farm Miniature Therapy Horses, California Highway Patrol, Santa Barbara County Sheriff, Philippine Scouts Heritage Society, New Buffalo Soldiers

 

Whether current or historic, several of these equestrian units honor those in uniform. Others ride for charity. The Mane Attraction has donated more than $3,000 to charities, primarily NDR Therapeutic Riding facility that teaches children and adults with disabilities. Seven Oaks Farm has several programs that benefit seniors in assisted living and Alzheimer’s facilities, foster communication between police and community members, greet travelers at the airport, interact with children in reading and anti-bullying programs, and visit Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati.

 

129th TOURNAMENT OF ROSES CALENDAR

“ROYALS OF PASADENA” THROUGH FEB. 11, 2018

At Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St. at Orange Grove, Pasadena. See crowns, gowns, photos, and memorabilia of the Rose Queen in honor of the 100 young women who have held that office. See PMH website for days, hours, and admission, or read “Even after 100 years, a Rose Queen is forever.”

THURSDAY, DEC. 28, 2017

Decorating Places (pre-parade float viewing), 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco St., Pasadena and Rose Float Plaza South, 5400 Irwindale Ave., Irwindale. See the floats in the final stages of preparation for the Rose Parade. Tickets can be purchased online at Sharp Seating Company for $15. People interested in working on the floats should contact the various float builders.

FRIDAY, DEC. 29, 2017

Decorating Places (pre-parade float viewing), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco St., Pasadena and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rose Float Plaza South, 5400 Irwindale Ave., Irwindale.

Live on Green, 9 a.m. at Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Free activities, exhibits, and shows for all ages.

Equestfest, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the show beginning at high noon at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. Tickets sold on site or online at Sharp Seating for $15 per person (age 5 and under free).

Bandfest, 1:30 p.m. at Pasadena City College. Parking is free; tickets on site or online at Sharp Seating for $15 per person (age 5 and under free).

SATURDAY, DEC. 30, 2017

Live on Green, 9 a.m. at Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena.

Bandfest, 9 a.m. at Pasadena City College.

Decorating Places (pre-parade float viewing), 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco St., Pasadena and Rose Float Plaza South, 5400 Irwindale Ave., Irwindale.

Bandfest, 2 p.m. at Pasadena City College.

Rose Bowl Game Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, noon in Rose Bowl Stadium Lot K. Tickets are available from Sharp Seating for $40 and includes lunch.

SUNDAY, DEC. 31, 2017

Live on Green, 9 a.m. at Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena.

Decorating Places (pre-parade float viewing), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco St., Pasadena ONLY.

MONDAY, JAN. 1, 2018

129th Tournament of Roses Parade, promptly at 8 a.m., Colorado Blvd. between Orange Grove and Sierra Madre. Tickets can be purchased from Sharp Seating. Television coverage is on KTLA (live broadcast has no commercials, ABC, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, NBC, RFD-TV, Univision, and internationally. Check here for the list.

Public Tailgate & Fan Fest, 8 a.m. on Brookside Golf Course north of the Rose Bowl. Free; no tickets required. Information: (626) 577-3100 or www.rosebowlstadium.com.

Showcase of Floats, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards by Victory Park. Tickets on site or from Sharp Seating, $15 per person (age 5 and under free) including Park-N-Ride fare. Street parking is free or paid in local lots. Park-N-Ride shuttles are available at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd.

104th Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual, 1 p.m. at the Rose Bowl. Television coverage on ESPN and ESPN Deportes; radio broadcast on ESPN Radio and XM Satellite Radio.

TUESDAY, JAN. 2, 2018

Showcase of Floats, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards by Victory Park. Gates open for seniors and disabled visitors at 7 a.m. Tickets on site or from Sharp Seating, $15 per person (age 5 and under free) including Park-N-Ride fare. Street parking is free or paid in local lots. Park-N-Ride shuttles are available at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd.

 

Rose Parade 2018 equestrian lineup announced

The Ramona Pageant riders and dancers in the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade. Photo c. 2013 Ramona Monteros

 

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Tournament of Roses President Lance Tibbett today announced the 20 equestrian groups that will grace the 129th Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2018. The Rose Parade theme is “Making a Difference”; certainly horses make a difference in lives every day, from the Mini Therapy Horses that work with children and adults in crisis to United States Marine Corps horses who give hope to the prisoners who do the initial training.

Most of the units in the 2018 parade are old favorites, including the Long Beach Mounted Police, which sat out last year for the first time in decades. Law enforcement has a big presence this year, with four units, including one with bagpipes and drums. Notably missing is Medieval Times, who have frequently (not always) accompanied the Royal Court float. This writer feels a special affinity for the Ramona Pageant (see the cutline on the photo above), Broken Horn Riders (I have a boot jack that I bought at the Broken Horn Saddlery), Los Hermanos Bañuelos (fellow Altadenans), and of course, bagpipes.

Equestrians mount a variety of breeds and use distinctive tack and colorful costumes. Historic groups strive for accuracy. All units are invited to participate in Equestfest, which will takes place on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. Details and ticket prices are at Sharp Seating Company.

Equestrians in the 2018 Rose Parade

  1. 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment (Fort Hood, Texas)
  2. Broken Horn Ropers (Baldwin Park, Calif.)
  3. Budweiser Clydesdales (St. Louis, Mo.)
  4. California Highway Patrol Mounted Patrol Unit (Sacramento, Calif.)
  5. Long Beach Mounted Police (Long Beach, Calif.)
  6. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Enforcement Detail (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  7. The Los Angeles Police Department Metropolitan Division Mounted Platoon, Honor Guard, Bagpipe & Drum Band (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  8. Los Hermanos Bañuelos Charro Team (Altadena, Calif.)
  9. Mane Attraction Equestrian Drill Team (Riverside, Calif.)
  10. Mini Therapy Horses (Calabasas, Calif.)
  11. The New Buffalo Soldiers (Shadow Hills, Calif.)
  12. The Norco Cowgirls & The Little Miss Norco Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Teams (Norco, Calif.)
  13. Ramona – California’s Official Outdoor Play (Hemet, Calif.)
  14. Scripps Miramar Ranch (San Diego, Calif.)
  15. So Cal Mini Horse Sanctuary, Inc. (Hemet, Calif.)
  16. Spirit of the West Riders (Leona Valley, Calif.)
  17. United States Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard (Barstow, Calif.)
  18. The Valley Center Vaqueros (Valley Center, Calif.)
  19. The Valley Hunt Club (Pasadena, Calif.)
  20. Wells Fargo Stagecoaches (Meeker, Okla.)

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

Just as the sun comes up at the 2017 Rose Parade
Just as the sun comes up at the 2017 Rose Parade

by Laura Berthold Monteros

We have often been told that the Rose Parade makes a difference in people’s lives, from the folks who take a trip to Pasadena to cross an item off their bucket list to the kids who march in the bands. It’s fitting, then that the theme President Lance Tibbet has chosen for the 129th Tournament of Roses Parade is “Making a Difference.” The parade will be held on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Here’s the information you need to get a place in a grandstand for yourself, and a place in a lot for your car.

We’ll be posting information on all the Tournament of Roses events and how to do them between now and December. Subscribe to TheRoseExaminer.com by filling in the box in the upper left to get email notifications.

The official grandstand seating provider for the Rose Parade is Sharp Seating Company. Sharp sells tickets in person, over the phone at (626) 795-4171, or online for the parade, parking, Continue reading “Where to get tickets and parking for the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade”

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

Get up-close shots like this at the Showcase of Floats post-Rose Parade event.
Get up-close shots like this at the Showcase of Floats post-Rose Parade event.

by Laura Berthold Monteros

The Tournament of Roses is not one day out of the year. America’s New Year Celebration goes on for an entire week. Pre-parade float viewing, field shows featuring the marching bands, an arena show with equestrians, and post-parade float viewing offer something for everyone. “Making a Difference” is the theme for the 129th Tournament of Roses. The central events, the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game, are held on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

There are also local events such as Live On Green at the Pasadena Convention Center and fun for the children at KidSpace in Brookside Park. We’ll be posting information on all the Tournament of Roses events and how to do them between now and December. Subscribe to TheRoseExaminer.com by filling in the box in the upper left to get email notifications.

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2018 Rose Parade

Just as the sun comes up at the 2017 Rose Parade

 

 

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

Tickets

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

There is no such thing as the Rose BOWL Parade!

Opening Show

2018 Rose Parade exciting opening with music, dancing, planes, Honda float

Floats

General Information

Rose Parade trophies get an update for 2018

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

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

Building Rose Parade floats: The tools of the trade

Put flowers on a float! Some tips

The Floats

AWARD WINNERS

List: 129th Tournament of Roses floats and awards

Singpoli American BD ‘Rising Above’ wins Sweepstakes award at 2018 Rose Parade

OTHER FLOAT ENTRIES

Celebrity lineup in the 2018 Rose Parade: Rose Queen, Pres. Tibbet, PCC Honor Band

Rose Bowl Game teams and Hall of Fame in Rose Parade

BEHIND THE SCENES

Conversations in the Rose Parade float barns

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

Self-builders share picnic goodies and 2018 float renderings

Bands

Marching bands in the 2018 Rose Parade

Celebrity lineup in the 2018 Rose Parade: Rose Queen, Pres. Tibbet, PCC Honor Band

Bandfest show schedule for 2018 Rose Parade marching units

Equestrians

Rose Parade 2018 equestrian lineup announced