For one thing, it is a rite of passage for many young women who live or attend school in the boundaries of the Pasadena City College District. They show up with friends or on their own, they chat with fellow hopefuls, they later tell their pals at college or their own daughters, “I tried out for the Royal Court.”
For another, the girls grew up watching the Rose Parade on television or on the street. Some camped out overnight, some watched from their churches or parents’ businesses along Colorado Blvd., some have even been in the parade themselves as members of a band or a Girl Scout Gold Award banner carrier.
In the list attached to this article, there are as many stories as there are girls. And one guy, there for his own special reason.
Tryouts began on Saturday, Sept. 14 and continue on Monday, Sept. 16 at Tournament House. Applicants will be culled down to about 300, then about 35, and finally, the final seven who will serve as Royal Princesses. One of that number will be chosen as Rose Queen in late October. Be sure to return to this column to find out who.
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