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”

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The marching units pictured here are three of the four bands that have standing invitations to appear in the Tournment of Roses Parade: Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band, Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band, Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band. The fourth is the United States Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band, which was featured here.

An interesting note on the Salvation Army band: They were joined by Yorkshire Divisional Youth Band from Leeds, Yorkshire, UK. Yorkshire is known as the home of brass bands. Though every Salvation Army band shares the same music book, the sound is different.

All photos copyright 2016 Ramona Monteros