The Adventures of a Rose Queen®

While many activities for Rose Queen Madison and the 2015 Royal Court centered on the build-up to New Year’s Day, their reign continues long after the float ride down Colorado Boulevard. In addition to representing the Tournament of Roses® at a handful of public events within the greater Pasadena area, Queen Madison – along with Tournament officials – have been busy traveling to various festivals throughout the United States.

From Georgia’s Macon Cherry Blossom Festival to Texas’s Fiesta San Antonio Festival, Queen Madison has taken on the title of “Visiting Royalty,” enjoying various elements of each festival – including riding in their parades.

In between festival events, sightseeing and guided tours, Queen Madison dined in some of San Antonio’s local restaurants with other “Visiting Royalty” in her most recent trip to the Fiesta San Antonio Festival.

In between festival events, sightseeing and guided tours, Queen Madison dined in some of San Antonio’s local restaurants with other “Visiting Royalty” in her most recent trip to the Fiesta San Antonio Festival.

Aside from the thrill of adventure – why do the Rose Queen and Tournament officials travel to other festivals?

Simple. The Tournament of Roses shares a reciprocal relationship with 10 national and international festivals. Through these relationships, Tournament officials are invited to attend festivals and parades, and do so with the focus of looking for ways to continually improve America’s New Year Celebration®.

Where will Queen Madison and the Tournament of Roses travel next? Stay tuned to find out!

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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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Share Your Inspiring Stories, Win a trip to America’s New Year Celebration

 

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With less than three months to go, the 126th Rose Parade on January 1, 2015 promises to be an inspiring and unforgettable celebration and we want to hear from you!

The theme of the 2015 parade, “Inspiring Stories,” encourages us to reflect on and appreciate the many people around us who elevate the human spirit.  The 2015 parade Grand Marshal, Louis Zamperini, was the embodiment of an inspiring story.

His story will continue to be shared on New Year’s Day and your own personal inspiring stories will be showcased through our new #RoseParade #Inspiring Stories social media campaign. We encourage you to submit an inspiring photo, story or video through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. With each entry, you become eligible to win a trip for two to the 2015 Rose Parade presented by Honda and the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual. Simply share your stories with the hashtags, #RoseParade and #Inspiring. Upon your submission, you will be able to view them here.

What inspires you? We can’t wait to hear your stories.

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Lobby Transformation Gives Visitors a Taste of America’s New Year Celebration®

Guests visiting the new Tournament of Roses® lobby will have no problem visualizing New Year’s Day in Pasadena. Replacing the original office lobby added to the back of Wrigley Mansion in the 1960s and having undergone previous renovations throughout the years, the new lobby features a neutral, modern color palate and innovative use of technology.

Showcasing the Tournament of Roses’ signature events, the lobby features two paneled murals backlit by 24 LED light panels: one of the Rose Parade® located to the right of the entrance and one of the Rose Bowl Game® behind the front CaesarStone counter. New features also include two large TV monitors and a wall of memorabilia.

Similar to a stamp of approval, the Association seal can be found amid the Terrazzo floor – a process that took two weeks to construct and install.

Wrigley Mansion (also known as Tournament House) has served as the headquarters of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses since 1958 when the Wrigley family presented the mansion to the city of Pasadena with the request that it become the base operations for the Tournament of Roses.

Tournament House is open to the public for free guided tours every Thursday from February through August. The Tournament office is open year round, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Can’t wait until New Year’s Day to experience the magic of America’s New Year Celebration? Stop by the lobby to see the transformation!

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Northwestern Mutual hosts Youth Football Clinic

Football season is just around the corner and athletes – of all ages – are getting ready. On Saturday, June 28, 150 boys and girls, ages five to 14, exercised both their mental and on-field skills at the Northwestern Mutual Youth Football Clinic at Robinson Park in Pasadena.

Following opening remarks by Tournament of Roses® President Rich Chinen, participants worked with college football coaches and student athletes from both the University of Southern California and University of California, Los Angeles, running offensive and defensive agility drills. Participants also learned proper techniques to promote on-field football safety and learned about the importance character development and good sportsmanship.

After working up a sweat at the free, half-day clinic, participants were provided lunch and each received a t-shirt to commemorate the day.

After working up a sweat at the free, half-day clinic, participants were provided lunch and each received a t-shirt to commemorate the day.

An annual event previously hosted by NCAA Football, the Northwestern Mutual Youth Football Clinic marks the Tournament of Roses’ fifth year of involvement and the first event for Northwestern Mutual as the new presenting sponsor of the Rose Bowl Game®.

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Set in Stone: Rose Mosaic to be unveiled at Brick Bash

The cement has been poured, the bricks have been set and after weeks of construction, the first installment of the rose mosaic located just outside of Gate A at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena will be revealed July 1 at a “Brick Bash” from 6 – 9 p.m.

Brought to life by the joint efforts of the Tournament of Roses® and Legacy Connections, the Brick Campaign enables sports fans and community members to become part of the stadium’s rich history, one brick at a time, by purchasing and engraving the bricks used to make the mosaic.

The rose mockup template pictured spans 90’ long and 88’ high and took four men two days to install.

The rose mockup template pictured spans 90’ long and 88’ high and took four men two days to install.

Adding to the stadium’s timeless appeal, the 27,000 brick mosaic is located outside of Gate A in the plaza leading to the main entrance. Football fans even have the option to position their bricks in designated locations for their preferred Big Ten and Pac-12 teams.

In addition to looking for his brick, Tournament of Roses President Rich Chinen will be part of a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:45 p.m. with Mayor of Pasadena Bill Bogaard, Rose Bowl Operating Company Board of Directors President Victor Gordo and Chair of the Philanthropic Rose Bowl Legacy Campaign Andrea Van de Kamp.

Did you buy a brick? Find yours in the mosaic during the Brick Bash. Wish you had? Click here to order and personalize yours today to make the second installment!

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Suit Up!

The Tournament of Roses® welcomes 61 new members to its family

In Pasadena, Tournament of Roses members are as popular as the Rose Parade® and Rose Bowl Game®. Known for their distinctive white uniforms – which have earned them the nickname of “white suiters” – these individuals share a commitment to community service. They are accomplished and talented, the driving force behind America’s New Year Celebration® and part of the Tournament family.

Despite the 935-person membership limit (per Association bylaws), the Tournament family grows each year. Adults ages 21 to 64 have from New Year’s Day to March 1 to submit their applications and two letters of recommendation; whereupon they are scheduled for an interview with the Membership Committee.

“It’s inspiring to meet so many accomplished people who want to give their time to the parade and game,” said Katie McFadden, Director of Member Services. “Most just want to give back to the community, be part of the tradition, meet new people and have fun.”

Representing a variety of occupations in almost every industry, each new member will add a white suit and red tie to their wardrobes as they gear up for their first parade as a “white suiter.”

Representing a variety of occupations in almost every industry, each new member will add a white suit and red tie to their wardrobes as they gear up for their first parade as a “white suiter.”

Following the interviews, new members are notified by mail if they are selected and then are invited to Tournament House for an orientation. Here they learn about the history and traditions of the Tournament, relationships with the city and other partners, committee assignments and of course, the white suit.

Curious about becoming a ”white suiter”? Applications are available every January 1 and are due in March. For more on eligibility requirements visit the Membership page on our website.

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