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Tournament of Roses Parade

Tournament of Roses Parade

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  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Parade
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Holiday
  • Tags: New Year's Eve/Day

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Plot Synopsis

Pasadena's Valley Hunt Club "created a floral festival in 1890 patterned after the 'Battle of the Flowers' in Nice, France," and the event has been held annually ever since -- on January 1 (or January 2 if New Year's Day falls on a Sunday). The two-hour parade starts at 8am Pacific Time (11am Eastern Time) and travels 5-1/2 miles through the streets of Pasadena, spending most of its time on Colorado Blvd. Each float, keeping with the floral tradition of the Parade, must have its "entire surface covered using a variety of flowers, seeds, bark, leaves and other natural materials." According to the Tournament of Roses Association, "approximately one million people attend the Rose Parade each year, approximately 40 million Americans watch the Rose Parade on TV, as well as millions of international viewers in 150 territories around the world."
For the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade, the Grand Marshal is 10-time Grammy-winner Chaka Khan.

The 2019 theme, "The Melody of Life," was conceived by the daughter of Tournament of Roses President, Gerald Freeny. According to the Tournament of Roses website, "Music has the power to not only bring us together but take us back to memories and moments as nothing else can. From the sweep of a conductor's baton to a simply whistled tune, music is woven into the fabric of our lives, community, family, friendship, and love. Music heals us. Defines us. Reminds us, and inspires us to be our greater selves. Rhythm, melody, harmony, and color all come together to create the soundtrack that defines our lives."

The 2019 parade was broadcast live by ABC, NBC, Hallmark, and RFD on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 from 11am-1pm ET/8-10am PT.


Other Titles

  • Also known as The Rose Parade


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Firsts, Lasts & Notable Notes

  • January 1, 1954: First time Tournament of Roses Parade is televised in color.
  • January 1, 1965: First time all three networks showed the Rose Parade in color.
  • January 2, 1989: First time the Tournament of Roses Parade is televised in 3-D. (LA, San Diego, Washington DC)