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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 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade, the Grand Marshals is actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise.

"The 2018 theme, 'Making A Difference,' is a way to honor and celebrate all of the people in our communities, who quietly and without desire for reward or recognition, act in selfless, generous and kind ways to aid or benefit others. Gary Sinise is absolutely one of those people. Gary's humanitarian work with our defenders, veterans, first responders and their families over the years, embodies our theme to the fullest," shared Tournament of Roses President, Lance Tibbet. "As members of a community, a country and a planet, we all have the ability, power and responsibility to help one another and as Gary likes to say....we can always do a little more."

Sinise has been working in support of veterans for nearly 40 years. His commitment started in the early 1980s when he began supporting local Vietnam veterans' groups in the Chicago area and co-founded the Vets Night program at the Steppenwolf Theatre. This program continues to this day and invites veterans to a free dinner and performance for each one of the plays produced at the theatre.

The 2018 parade was broadcast live by ABC, NBC, Hallmark, HGTV and RFD on Monday, January 1, 2018 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)