Most just call the epic floral float extravaganza and New Years Day tradition by the name The Rose Bowl Parade. But it’s actually the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, an over the top parade of float filled to the brim with flowers, petals and all sorts of pretty. It also is called “America’s New Year Celebration” that celebrates not just flowers but football. The parade also includes loads of loud marching bands, equestrians, and, of course, all those fabulous floats.
It’s a tradition but one you may not know too much about…here are 5 facts about the Pasadena Tournament of Roses!
The parade has been been around for quite a while. It was first held on January, 1890 in Pasadena, California. It was started by the Valley Hunt Club.
Hundreds of thousands of people congregate to watch the parade while others – in the millions – watch the parade on TV. ABC has the “official” contract for the parade coverage but other networks are free to cover the spectacle as well.
In 2010, Honda became the official sponsor of the parade and it is now known as the Rose Parade presented by Honda.
The Rose Parade always takes place on New Years Day, except in the event that New Years Day falls on a Sunday, then it takes place on the next day, a Monday. An there is an interesting reason why the “Never on Sunday” rule was established was back in 1983, because “to avoid frightening horses tethered outside local churches and thus interfering with worship services.”
The football element was added in 1902 and was originally called the Tournament East-West football game.
The Queen of the Tournament of Roses is selected from young ladies in the age range of 17 to 21 who live in the Pasadena area. Each year about 1000 try out to become queen. They receive scholarship money, a 30 piece wardrobe and a Mikimoto pearl necklace and have over a hundred of appearances to make to fulfill their duties. Back in 2000, One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush was named Queen.