Rose Parade Participants
The Rose Parade features three types of entries: floral-decorated floats sponsored by a participating corporation or community organization, equestrian units, and marching bands. The only cars that appear in the Rose Parade are those that may carry the Grand Marshal, the Mayor of Pasadena, the Rose Bowl Game Hall of Fame Inductees and the Tournament of Roses President. Many of the Rose Parade's participating organizations have long histories with the Tournament of Roses and have made numerous appearances in the parade.
The 2015 Rose Parade is themed “Inspiring Stories.”
Rose Parade Float Participants
The Rose Parade's elaborate floats have come a long way since the Tournament's early days. Today, float building is a multi-million dollar business and float construction begins almost immediately after the previous year's parade is concluded.
The process starts with a specially-built chassis, upon which is built a framework of steel and chicken wire. In a process called "cocooning," the frame is sprayed with a polyvinyl material, which is then painted in the colors of the fresh flowers or dry material to be applied later. Every inch of every float must be covered with flowers or other natural materials, such as leaves, seeds or bark. Volunteer workers swarm over the floats in the days after Christmas, their hands and clothes covered with glue and petals. The most delicate flowers are placed in individual vials of water, which are set into the float one by one.
Computerized animation has had an enormous impact on Rose Parade floats. Recent entires have featured King Kong stomping through a floral jungle, a guitar-playing dinosaur, pigs dancing the hula and a 60-foot-tall talking robot, all controlled by computers. But through all the changes, the Rose Parade has remained true to its floral beginnings, and each float is decorated with more flowers than the average florist will use in five years.
2015 Rose Parade Floats:
- AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Fiesta Parade Floats
- American Armenian Rose Float Association, Phoenix Decorating Company
- American Honda Motor Co., Phoenix Decorating Company
- The Bachelor, Fiesta Parade Floats
- Burbank Tournament of Roses Association, Self Built
- Cal Poly Universities, Self Built
- China Airlines, Ltd., Artistic Entertainment Services
- City of Alhambra, Phoenix Decorating Company
- City of Hope, Phoenix Decorating Company
- City of Los Angeles, Phoenix Decorating Company
- City of Torrance, Fiesta Parade Floats
- Dole Packaged Foods, Fiesta Parade Floats
- Donate Life, Phoenix Decorating Company
- Downey Rose Float Association, Self Built
- Farmers Insurance, Phoenix Decorating Company
- Kaiser Permanente, Fiesta Parade Floats
- Kiehl's Since 1851, Fiesta Parade Floats
- Kiwanis International, Phoenix Decorating Company
- La Cañada Tournament of Roses Association, Self Built
- Lions Club International, Phoenix Decorating Company
- Lutheran Laymen's League, Phoenix Decorating Company
- Northwestern Mutual (Rose Bowl), Fiesta Parade Floats
- Northwestern Mutual NCAA "Inspiring Potential", Fiesta Parade Floats
- Odd Fellows and Rebekahs, Phoenix Decorating Company
- Princess Cruises, Phoenix Decorating Company
- Rotary Rose Float Committee, Inc., Phoenix Decorating Company
- Scotts Miracle-Gro, Fiesta Parade Floats
- Shriners Hospitals for Children, Phoenix Decorating Company
- Sierra Madre Rose Float Association, Self Built
- Singpoli Group, LLC, Paradiso Parade Floats
- South Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Self Built
- Tournament of Roses Queen’s Float, Fiesta Parade Floats
- Trader Joe's, Phoenix Decorating Company
- Underground Service Alert of Southern California, Fiesta Parade Floats
- United Sikh Mission, Phoenix Decorating Company
- Western Asset Management Company, Phoenix Decorating Company
- Zappos.com, Paradiso Parade Floats
Rose Parade Bands
The first marching band to appear in the Rose Parade was the Monrovia Town Band in 1891, with fewer than 20 members. Today, it's not uncommon to see marching bands with 300 or more members in the parade. Well over 50 musical groups compete for as few as 12 openings every year.
Bands are selected approximately 15 months in advance to give the groups time to raise the money needed for the trip to Pasadena.
2015 Rose Parade Bands:
- Blue Springs High School – The Golden Regiment, Blue Springs, Mo.
- Cavalcade of Bands Honor Band, Harrisburg, Pa.
- Cypress High School – Centurion Imperial Brigade, Cypress, Calif.
- Escuela Secundaria General #5, Manuel R. Gutierrez – Banda Musical Delfines, Veracruz, Mexico
- Helsingor Pipegarde – Elsinore Girls Marching Band, Denmark
- Koriyama Honor Green Band, Koriyama, Japan
- Lakota West High School – Marching Firebirds, West Chester, Ohio
- Legacy High School – Lightning Marching Band, Broomfield, Colo.
- Los Angeles Unified School District, All District High School Honor Band, Los Angeles
- Maui High School – “Saber” Marching Band and Color Guard, Kahului, Hawaii
- O’Fallon Township High School – Marching Panthers, O’Fallon, Ill.
- Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band & Herald Trumpets, Pasadena, Calif.
- Robert E. Lee High School – Mighty Rebel Band, Midland, Texas
- Round Rock High School Dragon Band, Round Rock, Texas
- The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band, Los Angeles
- Temple City High School – The Pride of Temple City, Temple City, Calif.
- United States Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band
- Walton High School – Marching Raider Band, Marietta, Ga.
These bands will be joined by those from the two universities competing in the Rose Bowl Game.
Rose Parade Equestrians
Since the very beginning, horses have been part of the Rose Parade, with equines pulling flower decorated carriages on New Year’s Day 1890. Even with the advent of motorized vehicles in the parade, equestrian units have remained an integral component each year, highlighting a wide variety of breeds including graceful Andalusians, striking Percherons, and elegant Saddlebreds. Skilled riders, eye-catching costumes and hand-crafted tack add to the appeal year after year.
2015 Rose Parade Equestrians:
- 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment
- Budweiser Clydesdales
- Hawaii Pa’u Riders
- Hermanos Bañuelos Charro Team
- Los Angeles County Fire Department
- The Martinez Family
- Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
- The New Buffalo Soldiers
- The Norco Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team
- Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara
- Prime Time Express Mounted Drill Team
- Scripps Miramar Saddlebreds
- Spirit of the West Riders
- United States Forest Service Pack String
- United States Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard
- Valley Hunt Club
- Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society
- Wells Fargo
Apply to be in the Rose Parade
Applications to become a Rose Parade participant are available online; float, band and equestrian timelines and deadlines vary.