When we spoke with R. Scott Jenkins, president of the 2014 Tournament of Roses, shortly after he took office last year, he stressed upping the entertainment value of the Rose Parade across the board—on floats with more animation and live performers, in equestrian and band performances, with special acts between floats.
“There are lots of different ways to be entertaining,” he said, adding that he would like to introduce “new and exciting elements to a very traditional institution.”
He certainly achieved that in the 125th Rose Parade, and in this reporters opinion, that trend will continue. In addition to more performers on or accompanying floats, the bands put on great shows for the cameras and the equestrians added new elements.
There were also a few brand-new acts not related to the triumvirate of floats, horses and bands: Harlem Globetrotters, USA Jump Rope Palpitating Panthers, and Xpogo Stunt Team as well as the Rose Bowl All-Century Hall of Fame. The slideshow with this article showcases these, and the links in “Suggested by Author” box at the end of this article highlights some of the more entertaining floats.
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