The Tournament of Roses invites young leaders to become a part of history, make lifelong friends, and become an inspiration for others.
Royal Court members experience countless benefits; becoming part of an organization dedicated to hands-on volunteerism, discovering opportunities to connect with and give back to the local community, developing public speaking skills, and growing self-confidence. All are encouraged to apply and participate in one of the initial interview sessions at Tournament House in early September. Participants are selected based upon a combination of qualities, including public speaking ability, youth leadership, academic achievement, and community and school involvement.
All individuals who participate in the initial interview sessions will receive two (2) tickets to attend the Royal Ball, a semi-formal dance hosted by the Tournament of Roses.
The Royal Court attends nearly 100 community and media functions, serving as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses, the Pasadena community, and the greater Los Angeles area. The grand finale for the Royal Court is riding on the Royal Court float in the Rose Parade® presented by Honda and attending the Rose Bowl Game®presented by Northwestern Mutual, both on New Year’s Day.
The Rose Queen and Royal Court are iconic traditions, steeped in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses’ history. After thoughtful consideration, and due to the cancelation of the 2021 Rose Parade, this year’s selection process for the Royal Court has been postponed and will resume in the fall of 2021. We look forward to continuing the treasured legacy and celebrating the 2022 Royal Court.
With this postponement, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses also announces an extension of eligibility – those who would have been eligible for the 2021 Royal Court are invited to apply for the 2022 Royal Court.
2020 ROYAL COURT
From left to right: Cole Fox (South Pasadena High School), Michael Wilkins (Maranatha High School), Emilie Risha (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy), Rose Queen Camille Kennedy (La Salle College Preparatory), Reese Rosental Saporito (Marshall Fundamental School), Rukan Saif (Arcadia High School), and Mia Thorsen (Marshall Fundamental School)