Some things stay the same, and some things change. Rose Parade aficionados have noticed that the 2014 Rose Parade has a bit of both. In the case of the Tournament of Roses Royal Court, there is some very good news for followers.
For the first time, the coronation ceremony will be open to the public, and it will be hosted by Michaela Pereira, a favorite Los Angeles news anchor before she was snapped up by CNN. The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. Details are at the end of this article.
Your Tournament of Roses Examiner corresponded via email with Tournament of Roses President R. Scott Jenkins to ask about the changes, and we received a very courteous and complete reply. He writes,
“As you might guess, even though this coming year marks our 125th Parade and our 100th Game, we are constantly searching for ways to improve, enhance and perpetuate our traditions and events. This year, among other things, we focused extensive attention on the Queen & Court Committee, the Royal Court, their selection, training, and events.”
This writer has observed that the ages of the young ladies serving on the Royal Court has dropped in the last several years from the late teens and early 20s to mostly 17-year-olds who are seniors in high school. From October through December, the girls attend some 100 events, in addition to all the things a college-bound senior must attend to. The Tournament has evidently noted this as well, because Jenkins says,
“We have heard for many years concerns that we require our Royal Court members to sacrifice too much time away from classroom activities. As a result, we decided to change things in an effort to reduce the occasions when we need to take them out of school.”
For profiles of each of the young women on the 2014 Royal Court, click on the links in “Rose Parade Royal Court for 2014 announced with pomp and drama” in this column.
The training schedule has been extend from two to three weeks and moved to afternoon and evening hours. Mid-day events have been reduced and the Coronation has been moved to the evening as well. The change of venue from the Pasadena Convention Center to First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena (PazNaz) will not only allow more friends and family to attend without disrupting work and school, the cost is less for both the Tournament and the folks who want to attend, and the parking is free.
Along with the Coronation changes, Jenkins says, ‘we subsequently thought about the separate Queen Announcement, and how that morning event also impacted the Royal Court schedule. We felt that we were again imposing too much time on the Royal Court during the school day hours, especially so early in their tenure on the Royal Court. So, we decided that it might be interesting and different to try combining the Queen Announcement with the Coronation, all in one event. This combination also brings more excitement to the Coronation, and hopefully will cause even more family and friends of the Royal Court, and the Tournament, to attend.”
He noted that the Coronation of Queen Christina Farrell was held at PazNaz in 1998 under the presidency of Dick Ratliff. He also mentioned that neighbors of Tournament House are impacted by the increased traffic congestion of events held there. One less event will likely be appreciated.
Jenkins closes, ‘We realize that we have many loyal supporters who become concerned when we make changes. We hope that you and our fan base will understand that we do not make these changes lightly, and we do so with the goal of staying relevant and meaningful to all concerned.”
The Announcement & Coronation of the 96th Rose Queen and Presentation of the 2014 Royal Court is sponsored by Citizens Business Bank.
- Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
- Reception with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m.
- Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and Ceremony begins at 7 p.m.
- First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena, 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena
- Tickets available online from Sharp Seating Company at $20 for adults and $10 for students with ID. Parking is free.
- Preferred Package for $300 contains 10 preferred seats, two preferred parking passes, and a signed commemorative photo with the Royal Court.
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