THE ROSE PARADE – AN ICONIC TRADITION
The Rose Parade begins at 8:00 AM PST on January 1, 2020, in Pasadena, California, USA.
For millions of people around the world, the Rose Parade is an iconic New Year’s Day tradition.
The Rose Parade travels 5 ½ miles down Colorado Blvd. and features four types of entries: floral-decorated floats entered by a participating corporation, non-profit organization or municipality, equestrian units, bands, and Tournament Entries. Rose Parade participants have long histories with the Tournament of Roses and keep the traditions alive.
The earliest Tournament of Roses welcomed 3,000 spectators to its first parade filled with beautiful, horse-drawn carriages covered in flowers. More than a century later, the parade floats are a marvel of state of the art technology, all tucked away beneath flowers and other all-natural materials.
Each year more than 80,000 hours of combined service are supplied by 935 volunteer members of the Tournament of Roses Association. Nicknamed “White Suiters” because of the distinctive white suits every volunteer wears, these community-spirited men and women give up their evenings, weekends and holidays to ensure the success of the Rose Parade® and Rose Bowl Game®.
The Rose Parade is broadcast live in the U.S. by several networks/stations. Please refer to our list of broadcasters or check your local listings. For seating and ticket information, please see our Tickets and Events page.
Rose Parade safety tips and guidelines can be found on our Parade Safety Guidelines page.
ACTIVE VOLUNTEER MEMBERS
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Rose Parade Events
THEME & GRAND MARSHAL
2020 ROSE PARADE THEME – THE POWER OF HOPE
The 2020 theme, “The Power of Hope,” celebrates the influence of optimism and hope.
The belief that what is wanted can be attained. From the struggles of those who came before us to dreams yet fulfilled, hope is more than simply the possibility of fulfillment. Hope is dignity and respect, joy and happiness, aspiration and achievement. Hope never, ever quits. Through hope, we can aspire to be our best and in turn inspire those around us to reach higher.
With hope – anything, in fact, everything is possible.
2020 GRAND MARSHAL
View list of all former Tournament of Roses Grand Marshals.
ROSE PARADE PARTICIPANTS
The Rose Parade features three types of entries: floral-decorated floats sponsored by a participating corporation or community organization, equestrian units, and marching bands. The only cars that appear in the Rose Parade are those that may carry the Grand Marshal, the Mayor of Pasadena, the Rose Bowl Game Hall of Fame Inductees and the Tournament of Roses President. Many of the Rose Parade’s participating organizations have long histories with the Tournament of Roses and have made numerous appearances in the parade.
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INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THE ROSE PARADE?
Visit our Apply page for more information about applying to be a Rose Parade participant. Deadlines for floats, equestrian units and marching bands vary.
The Rose Parade’s elaborate floats have come a long way since the Tournament’s early days, and the Rose Parade has stayed true to its floral beginnings. Every inch of every float must be covered with flowers or other natural materials, such as leaves, seeds or bark. The most delicate flowers, including roses, are placed in individual vials of water, which are set into the float one by one.
The Rose Parade’s musical legacy dates to 1891 when the Monrovia, Calif. City Band joined the procession of flower-covered pony carts in the second Tournament of Roses Parade. Since then, hundreds of thousands of musicians from all over the world have made the famous march through Pasadena on New Year’s Day. The Rose Parade has welcomed high schools, colleges and universities, and Military bands. Past parades have featured a variety of musicians including marching bands, drum and bugle corps, brass and percussion bands, and bag pipes.
On January 1, 1890, Grand Marshal Francis Rowland and President Charles Holder mounted their horses and led the first Rose Parade through Pasadena. Equestrian units remain an irreplaceable part of the parade. Each year, the Rose Parade features a wide variety of horse breeds who entertain spectators, each with their own style and grace, including Curly Horses, American Saddlebreds, Gypsy Cobs, Andalusians, Miniature Horses, Draft Horses, and more. Equestrian units offer a variety of special skills and colorful costumes that tie into the Rose Parade theme while continuing to honor traditions.
TROPHIES & AWARDS
Each year the Tournament of Roses selects three judges to grant float awards based on many criteria including float design, floral presentation and entertainment value. The Tournament of Roses announces the award-winning floats on New Year’s Day prior to the Rose Parade. As the award-winning floats venture down the parade route, they are preceded by banners showcasing their award. The banners are carried by select members of the Tournament of Roses Eagle Scout and Gold Award Girl Scout Troops.
FTD is the official floral partner of the Tournament of Roses. The iconic American company has been affiliated with the Rose Parade for more than 60 years. FTD decorates the antique automobiles which carry the Rose Parade VIPs down Colorado Boulevard including the Grand Marshal, Tournament of Roses President, Mayor of Pasadena and the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame cars. FTD is also the sponsor of the Rose Parade Float Awards. Click here to learn more.
This category showcases attractive, visually well-balanced floats that over a creative treatment of the designer’s idea. The floats are in line with the parade’s theme and include the use of animation.
This category provides a visual balance and cohesive mix of floral and non-floral materials. The floats are predominantly floral in appearance and display an abundance of flowers.
This category creates a dramatic impact by creatively using additional elements to advance the design concept. Additions may include, but are not limited to, float riders, outwalkers, pyrotechnics, and showmanship.
Most beautiful entry encompassing float design, floral presentation and entertainment.
Most outstanding presentation of the Rose Parade theme
BOB HOPE HUMOR
Most whimsical and amusing float
Most outstanding artistic design and use of floral and non-floral materials
CROWN CITY INNOVATOR*
Most outstanding use of imagination, innovation and technology
Most outstanding creative concept and float design
Most outstanding display of fantasy and imagination
Most outstanding use of animation
Most outstanding depiction of national treasures and traditions
Most outstanding depiction of life in California
Most outstanding float from a participating city
Most outstanding use and presentation of flowers
Most outstanding presentation of color and color harmony through floral design
Most outstanding presentation of roses
LEISHMAN PUBLIC SPIRIT
Most outstanding floral presentation from a non-commercial participant
Most outstanding floral presentation among entries 35 feet and under in length
Most outstanding innovation in the use of floral and non-floral materials
Most outstanding float built and decorated by volunteers from a community or organization
Most outstanding float from outside the United States
Most outstanding floral presentation of the Rose Parade Theme among floats 35 feet and under in length
Most extraordinary float
Most outstanding display of floral presentation, float design and entertainment
Most outstanding float design and dramatic impact
Most outstanding display of showmanship and entertainment
*Including units 55 feet in length and greater