Once a Rose Queen, Always a Rose Queen

As the longest living Rose Queen at 93-years-old, Margaret Huntley Main’s infectious personality and charm continue to validate her selection as the 1940 Rose Queen – an experience that shaped her life.

“Growing up in Pasadena in the 1920s, every girl dreamed of being the Rose Queen,” said Main. “But back then, things operated a little differently from today with the Royal Court and Rose Queen being chosen from only Pasadena City College students.

“I was one of more than 35 girls in the Pasadena Junior College district that had to tryout during our gym period,” she said. “I gave up on the idea of being chosen because I thought I was too tall. Most of the Rose Queens back then were no taller than 5’5” and I was 5’8”.”

Margaret’s poise and personality won the judges over. She was selected as a member of the Royal Court and shortly after crowned the 22nd Rose Queen of the Tournament of Roses.

Margaret

In the 1930s and 40s, being the Rose Queen opened many doors – sometimes to Hollywood. While Margaret was offered a contract from Samuel Goldwyn at MGM Studios, she declined the offer to get married, continue her education and raise a family.

Like many Rose Queens, one of the most memorable moments throughout her reign was riding atop the Royal Court float as it traveled down Colorado Boulevard on New Year’s Day.

“I saw what looked like a million people smiling and waving at me – the wave of love that poured out from the crowd was indescribable! I had tears in my eyes and couldn’t stop wondering ‘How did I get so lucky?’”

It was in this moment that Margaret vowed to always honor being the Rose Queen. She continually holds herself to high standards and returns to Pasadena multiple times a year to welcome the incoming Rose Queen upon her Coronation and attend other Tournament of Roses events.

Her advice for all future Royal Court members: Have a wonderful time and enjoy every minute. Be eternally grateful that you are having this wonderful experience!

Margaret Huntley Main congratulates 2015 Rose Queen Madison Elaine Triplett at the Announcement and Coronation of the 97th Rose Queen.

 

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“Find Your Adventure” in 2016

Building upon a year of inspiring stories, 2016 Tournament of Roses® President Mike Matthiessen encourages communities across the country to take action through the 127th Rose Parade® theme, “Find Your Adventure.”

Adventures can range in size and splendor. Through them we learn about ourselves, others and our surrounding environment – but first we have to find them.

Leading by example, the Tournament of Roses has embarked on an adventure of its own by collaborating with the National Park Service for the 2016 Rose Parade.

“As proponents of the American spirit, we encourage people to find beauty in the landscape that builds the backdrop of their lives,” said Matthiessen.

The 2016 Rose Parade poster highlights America’s New Year Celebration and our nation’s national parks.

The 2016 Rose Parade poster highlights America’s New Year Celebration and our nation’s national parks.

Both the Tournament of Roses and the National Park Service aim to preserve history, connect people through real-life experiences and engage the public in new adventures. Through this unique alliance, the 2016 Rose Parade will shine light on the centennial celebration of our nation’s national parks.

“Our hope for the New Year is that however you define it, you will find your adventure and enrich your life,” said Matthiessen.

 

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2014 Rose Parade Opening Show Takes Telly

Kicking off America’s New Year Celebration is no small feat and through a collaboration with FiveCurrents, the 2014 Rose Parade Opening Show presented by Wells Fargo set the tone for an unforgettable New Year’s Day. In recognition of their extraordinary work, a Telly was awarded to FiveCurrents for their production of the 2014 Rose Parade Opening Show presented by Wells Fargo.

The 2014 Rose Parade Opening Show presented by Wells Fargo

The 2014 Rose Parade Opening Show presented by Wells Fargo

The Telly Awards honor the very best film and video productions, groundbreaking online video content, and outstanding local, regional, and cable tv commercials and programs.

In celebration of “Dreams Come True,” the 2014 opening show featured five units representing iconic moments in history. Surrounded by music and dancers, the moments depicted dreamers who altered the course of history: The Model T era with Henry Ford and ragtime music, Charles Lindbergh’s first transatlantic flight with jazz and flapper dancers, Rosie the Riveter and the 1940’s big band sound, Neil Armstrong walking on the moon with 1960’s rock & roll, and the digital age represented by a DJ spinning on top of a circuit board.

Tournament of Roses Executive Director, Bill Flinn, Mark Poncher of FiveCurrents, and Tournament of Roses President Rich Chinen

Tournament of Roses Executive Director Bill Flinn, Mark Poncher of FiveCurrents, and Tournament of Roses President Rich Chinen

With less than two months to go until the 126th Rose Parade presented by Honda, be sure to stay tuned for sneak peeks and behind-the-scene looks leading up to January 1, 2015!

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