The Tournament of Roses Parade – Through the Years

Mornings on the first of January are a cuddly affair of cocoa, coffee, cinnamon buns and Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses Parade. Or, at least, for that’s the way it is for Southern Californians. The parade itself is high camp, and network coverage is overinflated cornball… but boy if it doesn’t make me all warm and fuzzy inside.

These days we have everything from pyrotechnics to pop star solos. Yet another reason I long for the good old days when it was a bit more… grounded, shall we say. But having said that, in looking at the following collection of photos spanning the Parade’s history, from Day One the parade has held that whimsical flair that makes it so easy to cozy up to on a chilly January morning.


1906 Rose Parade - Queen Elsie Armitage and her Court


1923 Rose Queen, May MacAvoy


1933 Rose Parade - Queen Dorothy Edwards and her Court


1943 Rose Parade - Queen Mildred Miller and Court (isn't this the BEST?)


1946 Rose Parade (photo copyright O.W. Jogren)


1954 Rose Parade (photo copyright O.W. Sjogren_


1958 Tournament of Roses Parade (photo copyright O.W. Sjogren)


1966 Tournament of Roses Parade


The 1967 Tournamen tof Roses Parade Court



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One thought on “The Tournament of Roses Parade – Through the Years

  1. Very well put…. and so very true. I have a love/hate relationship with the city for the very same reasons. I find some of what you say to be true of my adopted city, Chicago….ya gotta know where to look. Thanks for a very enjoyable post 🙂

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