About the Rose Parade

Each New Year's Day, the world focuses its attention on Pasadena, California, USA, home of the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. It's a celebration more than a century old – a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere else in the world. It's America's New Year Celebration, a greeting to the world on the first day of the year, and a salute to the community spirit and love of pageantry that have thrived in Pasadena for more than 100 years.

An event as large as the Tournament of Roses requires about 80,000 hours of combined manpower each year. That manpower is supplied by 935 members of the non-profit Tournament of Roses Association, a volunteer organization dedicated to presenting an internationally-recognized New Year’s celebration. Each volunteer is assigned to one of 31 committees, with responsibilities ranging from selecting parade participants to directing visitors on New Year's Day, to hosting the press headquarters for media coverage of the Rose Bowl Game, to giving presentations about the Tournament to community groups.

Nicknamed "White Suiters" because of the distinctive white uniform every volunteer wears, these enthusiastic men and women give up their evenings, weekends and holidays to ensure the success of the parade and game. A small full-time staff provides support and continuity to the volunteer organization.

Latest News

25
Nov
PASADENA, Calif. (November 25, 2014) – The Tournament of Roses has selected Els Hazenberg, Steven Wood Schmader and Eddie Zaratsian to be float judges for the 126th Rose Parade presented by Honda. The judges will grant awards in a variety of floral and design categories that emphasize fantastic floral presentations (especially in the use of roses), creativity, imagination, beauty, use of theme, humor, dramatic impact and entertainment value. Tournament of Roses President Rich Chinen will... Read More
18
Nov
PASADENA, Calif. (November 18, 2014) – The Tournament of Roses has officially launched its #RoseParade #Inspiring Stories social media campaign for the 2015 Rose Parade presented by Honda. This year’s parade theme, “Inspiring Stories,” encourages everyone to celebrate the many people who elevate the human spirit, and the #RoseParade #Inspiring Stories social media campaign will serve as a platform for people to share their inspiring stories at www.roseparadeinspire.com. Individuals are... Read More
28
Oct
PASADENA, Calif. (October 28, 2014) – The Tournament of Roses® Association has announced the 39 float entries that will participate in the 126th Rose Parade® presented by Honda, themed “Inspiring Stories.” The floats, listed with the builder are (alphabetically by participating company or organization): AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Fiesta Parade Floats
American Armenian Rose Float Association, Phoenix Decorating Company
American Honda Motor Co., Phoenix Decorating Company
The... Read More

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