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History of the Rose Parade, Pasadena California USA

members of Pasadena's Valley Hunt Club

first staged the parade in 1890

since then the parade has been held in

Pasadena every New Year's Day except one

January first falls on a Sunday in that

case it is held on the subsequent Monday

January 2nd this event began as a

promotional effort by Pasadena's

distinguished Valley Hunt Club in the

winter of 1890 the club members

brainstormed ways to promote the

Mediterranean of the West they invited

their former East Coast neighbors to a

midwinter holiday where they could watch

games such as chariot races jesting foot

races polo and tug-of-war under the warm

California Sun the abundance of fresh

flowers even in the midst of winter

prompted the club to add another

showcase for Pasadena's charm a parade

would precede the competition where

entrance would decorate their carriages

with hundreds of blooms the Tournament

of Roses was born

during the next few years the festival

expanded to include marching bands and

motorized floats the games owned the

town lot which was renamed tournament

park in 1900 included ostrich races

Bronco busting demonstrations and the

race between the camel and an elephant

the elephant won review and stands were

built along the parade route and Eastern

newspapers began to take notice of the

event in 1895 the Tournament of Roses

Association was formed to take charge of

the festival which had grown too large

for the valley Hunt clubs of handle the

Tournament of Roses has come a long way

since its early days the Rose parade's

elaborate floats now feature high-tech

computerized animation and exotic

natural materials from around the world

although a few floats are still built

exclusively by volunteers from their

sponsoring communities most are built by

professional float building companies

and take nearly a year to construct the

year-long effort pays off on New Year's

morning when millions of viewers around

the world enjoy the Rose Parade the

Tournament of Roses has come a long way

since its early days the Rose Parade

elaborate floats now feature high-tech

computerized and

and natural materials from around the

world although a few floats are still

built exclusively by volunteers from

their sponsoring communities most are

built by professional float building

companies and take nearly a year to

construct the year-long effort pays off

on New Year's morning when millions of

viewers around the world

enjoy the Rose Parade more than 18,000

hours of combined manpower is supplied

by 935 volunteer members of the

Tournament of Roses Association each

volunteer is assigned to one of 31

committees with responsibilities ranging

from selecting parade participants to

directing visitors on New Year's Day to

serving food to band members at the end

of the parade route to giving

presentations about the tournament to

community groups nicknamed white suitors

because of the distinctive white uniform

every volunteer wears these community

spirited men and women

but their evenings weekends and holidays

to ensure the success of the grades

in-game a small full-time staff provides

support and continuity to the volunteer

organization the Tournament of Roses

Parade has followed the same route

mainly following Colorado Boulevard

Pasadena's main thoroughfare in a

segment of the former u.s. sixty-six for

many decades the day before the parade

the entire environs of the neighborhood

streets south of the intersection of

Orange Grove and Colorado Blvd SR sealed

off and reserved for the marshaling of

the dozens of floats fans equestrian

units and other elements this staging

area is referred to as the formation

area and is managed by the formation

area committee originally the parade

featured flower decorated horse

carriages over time floats built by

volunteers from sponsoring communities

supplanted the carriages currently most

are built by professional float building

companies and take nearly a year to

construct some communities and

organizational sponsors still rely on

volunteers the valley Hunt Club still

enters a flower decorated carriage from

the beginning horses have played a part

in the Rose Parade thousands of riders

have made

to track down Colorado Boulevard the

tournament equestrian family grows

bigger and stronger every year as it

welcomes the new equestrians who come to

share the magic of New Year's Day and

appreciate the commitment to excellence

in professionalism exhibited by the

returning equestrian units to the parade

according to the Tournament of Roses

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