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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