Hundreds of thousands of guests assemble along the 5.5-mile path of the annual Pasadena Rose Parade tour for two hours of spectacular floral arrangements, high-stepping horses and spirited marching bands. The Tournament of Roses parade, which originated in 1890, precedes the Rose Bowl college football game. The 2020 Rose Parade will feature floats entirely covered with roses, 20 marching bands and horses. Honda of America, the sponsor of the 131st traditional Pasadena Tournament of Roses New Year's Day Parade, will drive the first float, "The Power of Hope," down Colorado Boulevard. The international marching bands selected to participate in the 2020 Rose Parade will fly to the United States from Japan, Costa Rica, Mexico, El Salvador and Denmark.
The Tournament of Roses Foundation Supports Nonprofits
The Tournament of Roses Foundation has awarded $3 million to more than 200 nonprofit organizations since 1983. Judges for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses award points based on the design of each animated floral arrangement, how well it portrays the parade's annual theme, its construction, its artistic merit and the uniqueness and complexity of its animation. The most beautiful float with the most entertaining animation wins a trophy for best of the parade. In 2019, the Tournament of Roses Foundation awarded $200,000 to 23 nonprofit programs that improve Californians' quality of life. Each member of the court will receive a $7,500 scholarship.
Where can I buy Rose Parade tickets?
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Which events precede the 2020 Pasadena Rose Parade?
Before the parade, you can tour a national landmark. You could take a free tour of the historic tournament house where the winning displays and the royal court are announced. Your belongings may be subject to search at security checkpoints. The parade begins at 8 a.m.
What events follow the 2020 Pasadena Rose Parade?
After the parade, you can stand within a few feet of the animated floral floats staged along Sierra Madre and Washington Boulevards. You’ll need to dress comfortably and be prepared to walk a few miles while enjoying the fragrance of the roses. Remember to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
Who's behind the scenes of the Pasadena Rose Parade?
Laura Farber, president of the board for the 2019-2020 Tournament of Roses, announced the theme for the 131st Rose Parade schedule Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. "The Power of Hope" for joy, prosperity, aspiration and achievement is designed to fill everyone with hope that anything is possible. Farber practices civil litigation at Hahn and Hahn, LLP. She’s been a member of the Tournament of Roses Association since 1993 and serves as California’s representative in the House of Delegates. Spanish is her native language.
How are the floats and floral arrangements judged?
Three judges compare the floral arrangements on each float based on creative design, interpretation of the theme, craftsmanship, artistry and animation. A trophy for the most beautiful float is presented to the owners with the best design and the most interesting presentation of the annual theme.
Which floral floats were judged most beautiful Jan. 1, 2019?
The United Parcel Service (UPS)'s ostrich reading a book and dancing to ballet music won the best of parade trophy in 2019. Olive the Ostrich, on the UPS "Books Keep Us On Our Toes" float, required 30,000 pale pink carnations for Olive’s head, neck and legs. Her 37-foot neck lowered to 16 feet to avoid utility wires and low bridges. "Stompin' Good Time" by the City of Burbank featured a crew of animals playing musical instruments made entirely of roses. Northwestern Mutual won the most humorous and whimsical award for its elephants taking pictures, hang gliding and tubing on the "Spend Your Life Living" float.
What events are similar to the Rose Parade?
If you like the Rose Parade, you might also enjoy the Rose Bowl.Back to Top