New Year, New President, New Theme – “Inspiring Stories”

In 2013 we went places. In 2014 dreams came true. Now, Richard L. Chinen, 2015 president of the Tournament of Roses is highlighting exceptional individuals with the 126th Rose Parade theme, “Inspiring Stories.”

Chinen who has been a Tournament member for 25 years, continues to be amazed by the organization’s volunteer membership. Each year, 935 volunteers work year-round, juggling regular jobs and Tournament duties, to bring America’s New Year Celebration to life. Sporting white suits, rose pins and a smile, they welcome over 700,000 spectators to Pasadena for the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game each January. “The dedication of Tournament members really drives the theme this year,” said Chinen.

Through the subtle member photos that make up the emblematic rose, the theme poster acknowledges individual stories and pays tribute to those who have loved unconditionally, persevered courageously and accomplished much on behalf of others.

Foil lettering was used to signify reflection and remembrance of each person’s own inspiring stories.

Foil lettering was used to signify reflection and remembrance of each person’s own inspiring stories.

Paying tribute to individuals who elevate the human spirit by who they are, what they have done and what they continue to do, Chinen hopes to make the 126th Rose Parade a meaningful and unforgettable experience for all.

“It is my hope that the Tournament’s celebratory events serve as a reminder to take the time to discover inspiring stories,” said Chinen, “those that enrich your life and the lives of others throughout the year.”

Do you have an inspiring story? Share it with us in the comments below!

For more on the 126th Rose Parade theme, check out President Chinen’s interviews with the Pasadena-Star News and Examiner.

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