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

Closing Show and Second Parade

Far from being anti-climactic, the end of the Rose Parade offers more entertainment for the crowd. Wells Fargo has honored veterans for several years now, and there is always the “Second Parade.”

All photos copyright 2016 Ramona Monteros


Wild West

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Rose Parade 2016: Equestrians

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Soldiers & Deputies

  • United States Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard and West Coast Composite Band
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Enforcement Detail
  • Fort Sill Artillery Half Section
  • 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment, Fort Hood
  • Long Beach Mounted Police

National Park Service

  • National Park Service
  • The New Buffalo Soldiers
  • Scripps Miramar Saddlebreds

Wild West

  • Spirit of the West Riders
  • Wells Fargo Stagecoaches
  • Calizona Appaloosa Horse Club

Fan Favorites

  • Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
  • Valley Hunt Club
  • American Endurance Ride Conference
  • The Norco Cowgirls & Little Miss Norco Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team
  • Budweiser Clydesdales