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.
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!
Last month, I had the unique opportunity to attend the 2014 International Macon Cherry Blossom Festival as “Visiting Royalty” on behalf of the Tournament of Roses. I was unsure as to what I should expect on my first out-of-state trip as the Rose Queen, but I could have never guessed what memorable experiences I would bring home.
From touring and dining in some of Georgia’s most historic and beautiful homes, to making life-long friendships with fellow Queens from around the country, I had the most amazing time learning about the history of the Cherry Blossom Festival and participating in its customs.
I even had the great pleasure of meeting Ms. Carolyn Crayton, founder of the International Macon Cherry Blossom Festival, who, along with all of the wonderful residents of Macon I encountered, was so hospitable and kind. These moments will never be forgotten, and I hope to visit the “Pinkest Party on Earth” and all of my new friends in Macon once again in the future!
Through its reciprocal relationship with 10 national and international festivals, the Tournament of Roses sends delegates across the country to participate in and observe festival and parade operations to continually improve the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game.
Each spring, the Rose Queen accompanies Tournament leadership to the Macon Cherry Blossom Festival (Georgia) and the Fiesta San Antonio Festival (Texas) as “Visiting Royalty.” As such, she meets other queens and participates in various events – including their parades. This month, Queen Ana will travel to Texas to visit the Fiesta San Antonio Festival. Keep an eye out on Facebook for her photos and next blog post recounting her visit!