The residents of Pasadena celebrated the first Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 1890. Horse-drawn carriages adorned with flowers paraded through the city streets. This event began the annual New Year's tradition that draws about one million people to Pasadena to watch the parade. Millions more watch the televised event from their homes.
The lavishly decorated floats are a labor of love, and some builders spend all year on their elaborate creations. The parade, consisting of floats, a Rose Queen, spirited marching bands, equestrian units, and celebrity Grand Marshals, travels a 5.5-mile route through town.
Before the parade, families can watch float makers decorate their projects with thousands of blossoms, see award-winning marching bands, get up close to the horses that will prance in the parade, and sample barbeque delights. After the parade, the floats are on display for several days.
Tournament of Roses Parade Information
Address: Ellis St. and Orange Grove, Pasadena, CA
Telephone: 626/449-4100, 877-793-9911
Hours of Operation: New Years Day, 8 a.m.
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