Before the final round of interviews, the 44 finalists for the 2019 Royal Court took a group photo on the front steps of Tournament House. Applicants from 24 Pasadena area schools participated in the interview process and seven of the 44 finalists will be named to the 2019 Royal Court on October 1, 2018. The 2019 Royal Court will serve as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses, the Pasadena community, and the greater Los Angeles area.
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The Tournament of Roses is proud to announce 18 outstanding equestrian groups to ride in the 130th Rose Parade® presented by Honda, themed “The Melody of Life.” 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. In addition to riding in the five and a half mile-long Rose Parade route on Tuesday, January 1, these equestrian groups are invited to take part in Equestfest presented by Wells Fargo, which will take place on Saturday, December 29, 2018, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. During Equestfest, groups perform trick riding, drills, dancing and roping skills, and attendees can walk through the stables and speak with the riders.
The Tournament of Roses has selected Preston Bailey, Michael E. Berry, and Kimberly Oldis to be float judges for the 130th Rose Parade® presented by Honda. The judges will grant awards based on many criteria including creative design, floral craftsmanship, artistic merit, computerized animation, thematic interpretation, floral and color presentation and dramatic impact.