ROSE PARADE TOUR – BLOG
2020 TOURNAMENT OF ROSES®
LEADERSHIP AND THEME ANNOUNCED
LAURA FARBER ELECTED PRESIDENT
OF 2020 TOURNAMENT OF ROSES®
Farber Announces 2020 Theme
“The Power of Hope”
PASADENA, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2019) – The Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Board of Directors has confirmed Laura Farber as President for the 2019-2020 Tournament of Roses year. Farber will provide leadership for the 131st Rose Parade® presented by Honda and the 106th Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.
Farber announced “The Power of Hope” as the Pasadena Tournament of Roses theme to encourage creativity in float entries, marching bands and equestrian participants. “With hope – anything, in fact, everything is possible,” shared Farber. “Hope is more than simply the possibility of fulfillment. Hope is dignity and respect, joy and happiness, aspiration and achievement. Hope never, ever quits. Through hope, we can aspire to be our best and in turn inspire those around us to reach higher.”
20 MARCHING BANDS SELECTED
TO JOIN 2020 ROSE PARADE®
TOURNAMENT OF ROSES®
HAS SELECTED 20 OF THE MARCHING BANDS
PASADENA, Calif. (March 6, 2019) – The Pasadena Tournament of Roses® has selected 20 of the marching bands that will participate in the 131st Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed “The Power of Hope.” The bands will travel to Pasadena from across the United States, from Puerto Rico to Hawaii, and around the world, including Costa Rica, Denmark, El Salvador, Japan, and Mexico.
Thousands of performers will enjoy the experience of a lifetime when they march down Colorado Blvd. on January 1, 2020, each with their own unique story. Visit https://tournamentofroses.com/events/about-rose-parade/#participants or download the 2020 Marching Band Supplemental Information (PDF) to discover more about each band.
EQUESTRIANS SET TO RIDE
IN 2020 ROSE PARADE®
17 OUTSTANDING EQUESTRIAN GROUPS TO RIDE
IN THE 131st ROSE PARADE®
PASADENA, Calif. (September 4, 2019) – The Pasadena Tournament of Roses® is proud to announce 17 outstanding equestrian groups to ride in the 131st Rose Parade® presented by Honda, themed “The Power of Hope.”
Equestrians participating in the Rose Parade showcase a variety of breeds as well as unique tack and costumes. All riders must have previous parade riding experience. They will be riding in the five and a half mile-long Rose Parade route on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.
For a detailed description of each of the equestrian units in the parade, please visit 2020 Equestrian participants.
THE FIRST BOWL GAME
THROUGHOUT THE 2019 FOOTBALL SEASON
THE SPORTS WORLD WILL BE CELEBRATING THE
150th ANNIVERSARY OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The first Tournament of Roses was staged in 1890 by members of Pasadena’s Valley Hunt Club, most of whom were former residents of the East and Midwest eager to showcase their new home’s mild winter weather. “In New York, people are buried in snow,” announced Professor Charles F. Holder at a club meeting. “Here, our flowers are blooming and our oranges are about to bear. Let’s hold a festival to tell the world about our paradise.”
More than 2,000 people turned out on New Year’s Day to watch a parade of flower-covered carriages, followed by foot races, polo matches and tugs-of-war on the town lot—a festival patterned after the “Battle of the Flowers” in Nice, France. The tournament games and the abundance of flowers prompted Professor Holder to suggest “Tournament of Roses” as a suitable name for the festival.
In 1902, the Tournament of Roses decided to enhance the day’s festivities by adding a football game, the first postseason college football game ever held.