The Tournament of Roses® has named Louise Deser Siskel as the 101st Rose Queen at the Announcement and Coronation ceremony presented by Citizens Business Bank. The event took place at the Pasadena Playhouse and was hosted by Chris Schauble, co-anchor of the KTLA 5 Morning News.  The announcement was made by 2019 Tournament of Roses President Gerald Freeny and follows a month-long selection process with 24 Pasadena area schools participating in interviews. The Rose Queen and Royal Court were selected based upon a combination of qualities, including public speaking ability, academic achievement, youth leadership, and community and school involvement.


PASADENA, Calif. (October 17, 2018) – Singer, songwriter, and philanthropist Chaka Khan was announced today as the 2019 Grand Marshal by Tournament of Roses® President Gerald Freeny. Chaka will ride in the 130th Rose Parade® presented by Honda, themed “The Melody of Life” and join in the pre-game celebration of the 105th Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual both are held on January 1, 2019. As an added bonus for millions of viewers around the world, Chaka is scheduled to perform in the parade’s Opening Spectacular.


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.


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.

Tournament of Roses Announces 2019 Float Judges

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.

Tournament Of Roses Continues Its March Forward With The Creation Of The First Ever Rose Parade Development Office

Pasadena, CA. (May 23, 2018) – For more than 129 years, the Rose Parade has held a special place in the hearts and minds of viewers across the world. Now, under the leadership of Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer David Eads, the parade is marching forward in a new era, maintaining its historic roots while layering in new entertainment features. This respect for the traditional and embrace of the new will secure the parade’s place as a New Year’s tradition for generations to come.

20 Marching Bands Selected To Join 2019 Rose Parade

Pasadena, CA. (Feb. 6, 2018) – The Pasadena Tournament of Roses® has selected 20 of the marching bands that will participate in the 130th Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed “The Melody of Life.” The bands will travel to Pasadena from across the United States and around the world, including Canada, Costa Rica, Japan, Puerto Rico, and Sweden. There are two bands that will be added to the line-up when the universities participating in the 105th Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual are determined.

Gerald Freeny Elected President Of 2019 Tournament Of Roses

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Board of Directors has confirmed Gerald Freeny as President for the 2018-2019 Tournament of Roses year. Freeny will provide leadership for the 130th Rose Parade® presented by Honda and the Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

Tournament Of Roses Announces 2018 Rose Parade Float Winners

Pasadena, CA. (January 1, 2018) – Today, the Tournament of Roses announced the 24 floats awarded official honors in the 129th Rose Parade presented by Honda. These awards recognize excellence in a variety of categories and specifications. The 2018 Rose Parade float award-winners are (alphabetically):

Official Tournament Of Roses Event App Now Available

Experience America's New Year Celebration with the first official event app for mobile devices! Experience America’s New Year Celebration with the first official event app for mobile devices! • Access information about the 2018 Rose Parade, Decorating Places, Equestfest, Bandfest and Post Parade • View the full parade lineup and learn more about our participants • See maps and purchase event tickets • Follow the latest updates from all the Rose Parade social media accounts • Get instant alerts and notifications