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Rose Parade, Rose Bowl Game 2015: Complete guide to all events

Guide to 2015 Rose Parade, Rose Bowl Game. Tournament events.
Guide to 2015 Rose Parade, Rose Bowl Game. Tournament events.
Laura Berthold Monteros

The Tournament of Roses is one of America’s greatest celebrations, with all the pageantry of a parade viewed around the world and The Granddaddy of Them All, the oldest post-season collegiate bowl game. The theme of the 126th Rose Parade, chosen by Pres. Richard Chinen, is “Inspiring Stories.”

The Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game take place on Jan. 1, 2015, but there is a week’s worth of events leading up to and following the two main events. Visitors can see the floats close up while they are under construction and after the parade, or catch Bandfest or Equestfest a few days before New Year’s.

Your Tournament of Roses Examiner has all the information you need to enjoy America’s New Year’s Celebration as stress-free as possible. The articles linked below provide readers with detailed information on how to participate in the festivities, and new articles will be added as information comes in. Be sure to bookmark this article and return to it frequently!

The Rose Parade features 20 bands from all over the world, 15 equestrian groups, and around 45 floats. Each float must be completely covered in botanical materials in their natural colors. The designs are being revealed by the builders bit by bit, and each one tells an “Inspiring Story.”

The Rose Bowl Game pits the top teams from the Big Ten and the Pac-12 in a cross-country rivalry. Pasadena was originally settled by Midwesterners, so the contest has a bit of the old and new about it each year.

Olympian, World War II hero and inspirational speaker Louis Zamperini was chosen to serve as the Grand Marshal of the Rose Parade and to toss the coin at the Rose Bowl Game, but he passed away on July 3 at the age of 97. At this writing, the Tournament has not yet announced plans for a replacement or a way to honor Zamperini; when it does, it will be posted here.

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