PASADENA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2023) – The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Board of Directors has confirmed Alex Aghajanian as President and Chairman of the Board for the 2024 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, providing leadership for the 135th Rose Parade presented by Honda and 110th Rose Bowl Game on Monday, January 1, 2024. Throughout his extensive Tournament of Roses career, Aghajanian has served on and chaired various committees including Budget and Finance, Communications and Credentials, Formation, Music, Parade Policy, and Queen and Court. Alex Aghajanian’s bio available HERE.

On the front steps of Tournament House, Aghajanian announced the 2024 Tournament of Roses theme, “Celebrating a World of Music: The Universal Language,” as the sounds of taiko drums filled the air, the theme poster was revealed and brought to life through animation.

“The 2024 theme brings us together through music. In a world of different cultures, beliefs, hopes, and dreams, one language unites us all — music. The sound, texture, rhythm, form, harmony, and expression meld together to move, soothe, excite and delight the world,” explained Aghajanian. “From bossa nova to blues, classical to country, metal to mariachi and rock to rap, thousands of genres invite us to become one in celebrating a world of music. Whether near or far, young or old, we invite you to year-long festivities that culminate on New Year’s Day at the Rose Parade. Let the music begin!”



Ruth Martinez-Baenen elected to Executive Committee to serve as President in 2031


Ruth Martinez-Baenen has been a volunteer Member since 1997 and will serve as the Association’s President in 2031. She will provide leadership for the 142nd Rose Parade and 117th Rose Bowl Game on January 1, 2031. Full bio for Martinez-Baenen available HERE.

In addition, the following officers were elected to serve with Martinez-Baenen on the 14-member Executive Committee: Ed Morales, Executive Vice President; Mark Leavens, Treasurer and Terry Madigan, Secretary. Amy Wainscott, President of the 2023 Tournament of Roses, serves as Immediate Past President. Re-elected to the Executive Committee as Vice Presidents are Pam Knapp, Craig Washington and Jason Melillo.

Five At-Large Members are appointed to the Executive Committee and serve for two years. The outgoing At-Large Members, Cecil Griffin, David Thaxton and Susy Woo, were thanked for their hard work and dedication to the Association. New At-Large Members Alain Camiling, Steve Darden and Eve Santillan will join Steve Arellano and Regina Major. Aghajanian also announced the election of new Members to the Tournament of Roses Board of Directors; Gary Leonard and Shannon McConnell.

Join us on Monday, January 1, 2024, to experience the awe and wonder of the floats, bands and equestrian units of the 135th Rose Parade presented by Honda.

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