An Adventure – and Internship – of a Lifetime

In addition to the 935 Tournament of Roses® volunteer members who contribute upwards of 80,000 hours of manpower, one dedicated group of students from Pasadena City College annually works alongside white suiters to produce America’s New Year Celebration®.

Each year, select members of PCC’s Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society join the Tournament of Roses family as PCC Interns. Assigned to one of the Tournament’s 31 operating committees, PCC Interns work closely with the Tournament’s volunteer members and gain valuable experiences and unforgettable memories.

2015 PCC Intern Orientation photo

Members of the 2014-2015 PCC Intern Class attend a welcome reception at Tournament House before beginning work with their committees.

Lydia Wang, a PCC Intern since fall 2013, spent the 2015 Rose Parade® season working with the Alumni/ Social Media Committee taking photos used for the Tournament of Roses social media accounts: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

“I always feel so accomplished to see the photos I took at events actually get posted and shared on the Tournament’s official pages,” she said. “It is also so much fun to work with the committee members and the other interns!”

With more than 700,000 spectators lining the streets of Pasadena for the Rose Parade and approximately 90,000 that fill the Rose Bowl Stadium for the Rose Bowl Game®, PCC interns interact with a lot of people.

“When I volunteered for the 100th Rose Bowl Game Tailgate, a couple interns and I met Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple!


After getting permission to take a photo with him on her phone, Tim Cook smiled at Lydia and then said “nice phone” when he saw her hold out her iPhone 5.

“While it’s nice to meet a celebrity at one of the events, it is not the only the purpose of volunteering for the Tournament of Roses. We (interns) can have a lot of fun but certain assignments can be challenging. I have a lot of good memories from volunteering and had so much fun on New Year’s Day!  It’s truly a wonderful and one-of-a-kind experience.”

For more information on the PCC Intern Program, visit our website!

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Royal Court Fashion

For 96 years, members of the Tournament of Roses® Royal Court have served as ambassadors to the Association and City of Pasadena. Balancing school, work and extracurricular activities, seven young women are selected each year to represent and serve the community – in style.

While today’s Royal Court receives a wardrobe courtesy of Macy’s and gowns from Tadashi Shoji, the first Rose Queen® and early Royal Court members sewed their own dresses, crafted headdresses and even assisted in building their float!

Reflecting their respective eras through the fashion of their times, Royal Courts have left lasting impressions on millions throughout the Pasadena area. Take a walk through history with these photos showcasing each Royal Court’s unique style.


1905 Rose Queen Hallie Woods

1905 Rose Queen Hallie Woods


Hallie Woods, the first Rose Queen in 1905, reflected the haute couture movement that was prevalent at the turn of the century. This movement featured an abundance of lace, tight collars and upswept hair.


1929 Rose Queen and Royal Court

1929 Royal Court


In the 20s, an era marked by the drop-waist “flapper” dress, sheer stockings and bobbed hair, the Royal Court was right in step with the fashions of the time.


1951 Rose Queen and Royal Court

1951 Royal Court


Wartime courts sported sleek, pared-back styles, while the 1950s brought prim and proper dresses, with tiny waists, lavish skirts and pin-curled hair.


1972 Royal Court

1972 Royal Court


The 70s brought mod-squad inspired fashions featuring bright colors and playful prints.


1989 Royal Court

1989 Royal Court


The 80s were filled with big shoulders and equally big hair (no open flames, please!). This was the decade of both the first Asian-American Rose Queen, Leslie Kawai in 1981, and the first African-American Rose Queen, Kristina Smith in 1985.


1993 Royal Court

1993 Royal Court


After years of form fitting gowns, the 90s styles were more relaxed with a minimal fit and professional style.


Regardless of the fashion trends of the era, Royal Court members continue to outshine their wardrobe with poise, personality and confidence making them outstanding representatives of the Tournament of Roses and exceptional role models.


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



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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