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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 2020 Tournament of Roses Parade, the Grand Marshals are Rita Moreno, Gina Torres and Laurie Hernandez.

The 2020 theme, "The Power of Hope," which 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," according to 2020 Tournament of Roses President, Laura Farber, who immigrated from Argentina.

The 2020 parade was broadcast live by ABC, NBC, Hallmark, and RFD on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 from 11am-1pm ET/8-10am PT.

The 2020 Sweepstakes Trophy for the most beautiful entry -- encompassing float design, floral presentation and entertainment -- was presented to The UPS Store, Inc for its float themed "Stories Change Our World." More info about float awards can be found here:


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)