Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses Parade

This year celebrates the 127th year of Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses parade! Here is some background on Pasadena’s historic day.

  • It started in 1890 when the Valley Hunt Club showed off California-  a place where flowers bloomed all year long. There were no elaborate floats, only horse-drawn carriages adorned with flowers, which spectators paid 25 cents to watch.


  • In 1895, the parade had grown so large that the Tournament of Roses Association was formed to take it on.


  • In 1902 the football game was added to help fund the parade, and in 1921 The Rose Bowl was created.


  • Since 1947 the Rose Bowl game has sold out (that’s about 93,000 seats)!

NCAA Football - The Rose Bowl Game Presented by Citi - USC vs Texas

  • The Tournament of Roses Parade draws thousands of people to Pasadena each year & millions on television.


  • This year’s theme is “Find Your Adventure” & highlights our nation’s national parks. Award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns will be the 2016 Grand Marshall.



  • Although volunteers built select floats, most are constructed by professional float companies & take nearly a year to create.



  • Each September about a a thousand young women try out for the The Royal Court & seven become ambassadors for The Tournament of Roses.


Check out the parade day guide for more information.

Happy 2016!

-The Parsons Team

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