The Rose Parade is one of the world’s most elaborate and most photographed parades, held every New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif. The parade is made up of about 50 floats elaborately decorated—and completely covered—with roses, orchids, chrysanthemums, and other blossoms that portray the year’s theme. Additionally there are more than 20 bands, 200 horses and costumed riders, a grand marshal, a Rose Queen, and the Queen’s princesses. The parade is five and one-half miles long, attracts about one million spectators along the route and picks up about 350 million television viewers around the world.
The first festival, called the Battle of Flowers, was held on Jan. 1, 1890, under the auspices of the Valley Hunt Club. The man responsible was Charles Frederick Holder, a naturalist and teacher of zoology. He had seen battles of the flowers on the French Riviera (see Mardi Gras in France), and figured California could do something similar; his suggestion resulted in a parade of decorated carriages and buggies followed by amateur athletic events. The parade evolved gradually. Floral floats were introduced, and in 1902 the morning parade was capped by a football game (who won the football game between Stanford and Michigan?), which was replaced in following years by chariot races. In 1916, football came back, and the Rose Bowl Game is now traditionally associated with the parade. Read all about the Rose Parade in 1916, in the Los Angeles Times 1881-1988
In 1992, the theme of the tournament was “Voyages of Discovery,” and it kicked off the Columbus Quincentennial. Co-grand marshals were Cristobal Colon, a descendant of Christopher Columbus, and Colorado Rep. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a Cheyenne chief. From Credo Reference Online
The Rose Parade a pageant for the ages, in this DVD you will take a fantastic journey through the archives of the Tournament of Roses, exploring the tradition of the Rose Parade as a unique event that has been ringing in the New Year for many years. See how a float is born (a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a Rose Parade Float).
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