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.
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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.
- Rose Parade 101: Plan ahead to get the most out of your Pasadena adventure
- 2015 Rose Parade and parking tickets on sale
- How to get to the parade and where to park
- Camping out along the parade route
- Tournament of Roses announces marching bands for 2015
- Tournament of Roses announces equestrian lineup for 2015 Rose Parade
- Rose Parade 101: Volunteer to decorate the floats
- Rose Parade 101: the ABCs of decorating a float
- Tools of the trade: Part 1 and Part 2
- The float awards and what they mean
- There’s a parade and a bowl, but there is no such thing as the Rose Bowl Parade
- Rose Parade pooper scoopers clean up behind the horses
Rose Bowl Game
- How to do the Granddaddy of Them All
- Rose Bowl 2015 presale tickets now available in limited numbers
- Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, Class of 2014: Rockne, Vermeil, Carter
- Northwestern Mutual announced as Rose Bowl Game presenting sponsor
- TOR Pres. Rich Chinen and Miraj Parikh, Northwestern Mutual, talk partnership
- Ribbon cutting opens Rose Plaza to public at Brick Bash
- Tournament of Roses reveals Rose Bowl Game centennial trophy and logo
- UCLA, Bob Hope Airport, Rose Bowl Stadium agree to marketing partnership
Tournament of Roses events
- 2015 Rose Parade Bandfest, Equestfest, float-viewing tickets
- Watch the 2015 Rose Parade float builders in action at Decorating Places
- Rose Parade floats up close & personal at 2015 post-parade Showcase of Floats
- Access for handicapped and disabled
The Celebrities & the City
- Olympian, WWII hero Louis Zamperini is 2015 Rose Parade Grand Marshal
- Photo gallery: Louis Zamperini announced as 2015 Rose Parade Grand Marshal
- Louis Zamperini, athlete, war hero, Olympian, Grand Marshal, evangelist dies
- 2015 Rose Parade theme “Inspiring Stories” announced by Pres. Richard L. Chinen
- Tournament of Roses Pres. Rich Chinen enthusiastic about Inspiring Stories
- How is the Rose Parade Queen chosen?
- What’s in a nickname? How Pasadena California is known to the world
- Make a real difference for the homeless with Real Change meters
- Pasadena health department rolls out a new restaurant rating system
Where to get more information
- Tournament of Roses
- Visit Pasadena official visitors’ guide
- Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Rose Bowl Stadium
- Rose Parade official tours at PrimeSport
- Rose Bowl Game official tours at PrimeSport
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