The Rose Parade, also known as the Tournament of Roses Parade, is a beloved New Year’s Day tradition in the United States. For over 130 years, close to 1 million spectators each year gather in Pasadena, California to witness this grand spectacle of floral floats, marching bands and equestrian units. But there is more to this parade than meets the eye.
In this blog post, we will dive into some interesting and lesser-known facts about the iconic Rose Parade.
A tradition rooted in history
The first ever Rose Parade took place on January 1st, 1890 as a way for Pasadena to showcase its beautiful weather and scenic landscapes during winter, while other parts of the country were experiencing harsh weather conditions. As time passed by, it evolved into an elaborate celebration that attracts millions of viewers from all around the world.
It all begins with decorating
Did you know that it takes an estimated 2,000-4,000 man-hours to perform the final decorations on just one float for the Rose Parade? And with about 40 floats in total each year, that adds up to a whopping 160,000+ man-hours spent creating these stunning displays! Hndreds of volunteers work tirelessly around the clock for 4 days straight leading up to New Year’s Day, using millions of flowers and natural materials such as leaves, seeds and pods to decorate these floral works of art.
The Queen and her court
Each year, a Royal Court consisting of seven young women is chosen from hundreds of candidates through a rigorous selection process. These lucky ladies represent their community during various events leading up to New Year’s Day – including riding on their own special float during the parade itself!
Only 4 Cars Allowed
The Tournament of Roses Parade only allows a maximum of four cars in the parade, which will transport the Grand Marshal, Mayor of Pasadena, Rose Bowl Game Hall of Fame Inductees, and the Tournament of Roses President. The rule exempts these cars from adorning living organisms like all other parade floats, but people often decorate them with visually appealing floral decorations suitable for sharing on Instagram. The three main attractions of the Rose Parade are the Marching Bands from around the world, High Stepping Equestrians, and of course the Elegantly Decorated Floats.
Birthplace of Rose Parade Tours
No trip to Southern California during New Year’s would be complete without taking part in a Rose Parade Tour. These tours offer visitors behind-the-scene access and exclusive viewing opportunities before or after the parade. The first official tour was organized in 1890 and continues to be a popular option for out-of-state visitors. A la Carte Tours has been the premier provider of Rose Parade Tour Packages for several decades.
A green initiative
In recent years, the Rose Parade has made strides towards becoming more environmentally friendly. All of the floral material used on floats is either reused or recycled, and electronic vehicles are used to transport parade officials.
No Rose Parade on a Sunday
The Tournament of Roses has adhered to the rule of “Never on Sunday” since 1893. Implementing it to prevent disturbing church services and causing distress to horses during the annual parade, if January 1st falls on a Sunday.
A float with history
The Rose Parade has been witness to many significant moments in American history, including World War II. During this time, organizers decorated floats with seeds and dried materials instead of using fresh flowers, symbolizing growth and hope during difficult times, as fresh flowers were scarce due to rationing.
More than just a one-day event
The Rose Bowl Parade is just one part of a week-long celebration known as the Tournament of Roses. Other events include the famous Rose Bowl football game between two top college teams, Bandfest showcasing marching bands from across the United States and around the world, and Equestfest featuring competitions showcasing beautiful horses and their riders.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. How long does it take to decorate a float for the Rose Parade?
One float takes approximately 2,000-4,000 man-hours to perform the final floral decorations. With around 40 floats in total, that adds up to a staggering 160,000+ man-hours of meticulous work!
2. How is the Rose Parade environmentally friendly?
The Rose Parade has made significant efforts to become more sustainable. All floral materials used on floats are either reused or recycled, and parade officials utilize electronic vehicles for transportation.
3. Why are there only four cars allowed in the parade?
The Grand Marshal, the Mayor of Pasadena, the Rose Bowl Game Hall of Fame Inductees, and the Tournament of Roses President are the only ones who can have cars in the parade. These vehicles often feature visually appealing floral decorations suitable for sharing on social media.
4. What is the significance of the “Never on Sunday” rule?
Since 1893. The Tournament of Roses has adhered to the rule that the Rose Parade should never take place on a Sunday. Parade officials rooted this tradition in respect for church services and the well-being of the horses participating in the parade.
5. Is the Rose Parade a standalone event?
No, this Rose Parade is just one part of the larger Tournament of Roses celebration. The festivities also include the Rose Bowl football game, Bandfest to showcase bands, Equestrian competitions, and more. Making it a week-long celebration of tradition fun, and excitement.
As you can see, there is so much more to the iconic parade than beautiful floats and marching bands. It’s a tradition that brings together communities and celebrates creativity, hard work, and sustainability.
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