The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association elected R. Scott Jenkins as president of the Tournament of Roses for 2013-2014 on Thursday evening, and shortly after 8 p.m., he announced the theme for the 125th Rose Parade and 100th Rose Bowl Game, held on Jan. 1, 2014:
With 2014 being a banner year, celebrating the quasquicentennial of the Rose Parade and centennial of the Rose Bowl Game, the choice of theme was under much discussion by Tournament fans. Though Jenkins gave some hints, all centering around dreams, the actual theme was as elusive as a wisp of a thought swirling through the mind as one drifts off to sleep.
Your Tournament of Roses Examiner asked for suggestions, and here they are.
- Finding Paradise
- Prism of Dreams (one of my favs)
- Believe in Your Dreams, and Imagine (the closest)
- A California Spectacular
- America The Beautiful
- America Sings
- 125 Years of Roses
- A World of Laughter
In the end, “Dreams Come True” does fit exactly with the hints R. Scott Jenkins put out.
A couple folks named themes they would like, but didn’t think fit with the clues about dreams. “Myths, Legends and Fairytales,” “Journeys of a Lifetime,” and “History Hears ‘Round the World” all sounded pretty inspiring, and “A Celebration of Life” would lend itself to a plethora of float concepts.
Since none of them made the cut, they are available for future use. Incoming 2015 President Richard L. Chinen, are you listening?
The theme of the 125th Rose Parade and 100th Rose Bowl Game is “Dreams Come True.” The Tournament of Roses is a celebration that lasts several weeks in the fall and winter, with the high points being the Rose Parade presented by Honda and the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Keep following your Tournament of Roses Examiner for the latest news and for upcoming announcements.
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