Rose Parade Participants
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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.
Please visit our Apply page for official forms to become a Rose Parade participant. Deadlines for float, equestrian units and marching bands vary.
2017 Rose Parade 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.
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.
2017 Marching Bands
- Arcadia High School – Arcadia High School Apache Marching Band and Color Guard, Arcadia, CA
- Bands of America Honor Band (Representing all 50 States) – Indianapolis, IN
- Broken Arrow High School – The Pride of Broken Arrow, Broken Arrow, OK
- Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Industrial No. 3 – Buhos Marching Band, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
- Foothill High School – Falcon Marching Band, Henderson, NV
- Gifusho Green Band - Gifu, Japan
- Grove City High School – The Grove City High School Marching Band, Grove City, OH
- Lawrence Township – Marching Pride of Lawrence Township, Indianapolis, IN
- Los Angeles Unified School District – All District High School Honor Band, Los Angeles, CA
- Martin Luther King, Jr. High School – MLK "Kings of Halftime," Lithonia, GA
- Niceville High School – Eagle Pride, Niceville, FL
- Ooltewah High School – Ooltewah High School Marching Band, Ooltewah, TN
- Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band & Herald Trumpets – Pasadena, CA
- Pulaski High School – Red Raider Marching Band, Pulaski, WI
- The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band – Los Angeles, CA
- Santa Clara Vanguard – Santa Clara, CA
- United States Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band – MCAS Miramar, MCRD San Diego and Camp Pendleton, CA
- United States Air Force Total Force Band - Travis Air Force Base, CA
- Westlake High School – Chaparral Band, Austin, TX
These bands will be joined by those from the two universities competing in the Rose Bowl Game.
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.
2017 Equestrian Units
- 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment (Fort Hood, Texas)
- Backcountry Horsemen of California – Mid-Valley Unit (Sonora, California)
- Budweiser Clydesdales (St. Louis, Missouri)
- California Highway Patrol Mounted Patrol Unit (Sacramento, California)
- Kern County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse (Bakersfield, California)
- Los Hermanos Bañuelos Charro Team (Altadena, California)
- Mane Attraction Equestrian Drill Team (Riverside, California)
- Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament (Buena Park, California)
- The New Buffalo Soldiers (Shadow Hills, California)
- The Norco Cowgirls & The Little Miss Norco Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team (Norco, California)
- Philippine Scouts Heritage Society – U.S. Army’s 26th Cavalry Regiment (Los Angeles, California)
- Santa Barbara County Sheriff Mounted Enforcement Unit (Santa Barbara, California)
- Scripps Miramar Saddlebreds (San Diego, California)
- Seven Oaks Farm Miniature Therapy Horses (Hamilton, Ohio)
- Spirit of the West Riders (Leona Valley, California)
- Union Rescue Mission - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California)
- United States Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard (Barstow, California)
- Valley Hunt Club (Pasadena, California)
- Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society (San Diego, California)
- Wells Fargo Stagecoaches (Los Angeles, California)