About the Rose Parade

About the Rose Parade

The Rose Parade will start at 8:00am PST. On January 2, 2017, 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.

The Rose Parade is broadcast live in the U.S. by several networks/stations. Please refer to our list of broadcasters or check your local listings. For seating and ticket information, please see our Tickets and Events page.

Rose Parade safety tips and guidelines can be found on our Parade Safety Guidelines page.

DOWNLOAD 2017 TOURNAMENT OF ROSES EVENT GUIDE (PDF)  

"Never on Sunday" tradition

The Tournament of Roses® has had a “Never on Sunday” tradition since 1893, the first year since the beginning of the Tournament, that New Year’s Day fell on a Sunday. The Tournament wanted to avoid frightening horses that would be hitched outside churches and thus interfering with worship services so the events were moved to the next day, January 2. Though horses are no longer outside local churches, the tradition remains to this day.

Latest News

02
Jan

Twenty-four of the floats in the 128th Rose Parade received official honors from the Tournament of Roses in a variety of categories and specifications. The entire process is another one of the Tournament's components implemented over a greater part of the past century.

23
Dec

Learn all about the 128th Rose Parade and find exclusive behind-the-scene photos, videos, parade trivia and more with our official digital parade program.

10
Dec

PASADENA, Calif. (December 9, 2016) – The Pasadena Tournament of Roses has been monitoring recent instances of the Equine Herpes virus cases detected in Los Angeles County at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

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