Click graphic for city map

Rose Parade Trivia

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Logo which is a red rose with a green stem and the words Pasadena Tournament of Roses written around it in circular form.

Sponsored Links


  1. What year did the first Rose Parade take place? 1890.    See more here.
  2. What was the main purpose of the first Rose Parade?  The Valley Hunt Club had the parade to tell the world about the mild weather in Pasadena, California.  See more here.
  3. When was the first Rose Bowl game?  1902.    See more here.
  4. What is the theme of this years parade?  "Making a Difference"  More here.
  5. Who has served as Grand Marshal more than anyone else?  Dr. Francis F. Rowland, 1890, 1892, 1894, 1904, 1905, 1910, 1916.  See more here.
  6. How many Grand Marshals are there this year? One  See more here.
  7. What Pasadena school does Rose Queen Marie Marez attend? La Salle High School.  More here.
  8. What is another name for the Tournament House?  The Wrigley Mansion is the official headquarters of the Tournament of Roses Association.  See more here.
  9. How many years has the current President of the Tournament of Roses Association served? nearly 40 years.  See more here.
  10. How many Rose Parade float awards are presented? 24 given by the Tournament Association, 1 is given out by KTLA called the Viewers' Choice Award.  See more here.
  11. What is the "OFFICIAL" band of the Rose Parade?  Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band has been participating since 1930.  See more here and here.
  12. What year was Cal Poly Universities first entry into the Rose Parade and what is unique about its float construction?  The first entry was in 1949.  The float construction is a joint venture between California Polytechnic State University and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where each builds portions of the float which are then combined.  See more here.
  13. Will there be a flyover in the 2017 Rose Parade this year?  Yes.  The flyover will occur at the beginning of the parade.   The Thunderbirds will be flying over the Rose Parade at around 1000 ft. The flying unit, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, will fly six aircrafts west to east from Colorado Blvd. and Orange Grove Blvd.
  14. When did American Honda become the official vehicle of the Tournament of Roses?  In 1981, American Honda became the official vehicle of the Tournament of Roses, and began providing the Pace and Sound vehicles that lead the Rose Parade. Honda also began providing the motor scooters, vans and cars necessary to support Tournament of Roses planning, logistics, operations and transportation.  More here.
  15. What is the tallest float ever entered in the Tournament of Roses Parade?  In 2004, Disneyland's Twilight Zone Tower of Terror float, titled "A Sudden Drop in Pitch" was the tallest in Rose Parade history at nearly 100 feet high.  More here
    and here.
  16. What is the longest float ever entered in the Tournament of Roses Parade?  The 2014 Honda float 'Keeping Dreams on Track', measured 274 feet long, and contained five floats attached together.  The 2010 Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance float, featuring snowboarding bulldogs, measured over 113 feet (34 m) long, setting a Guinness world record for longest single chassis float.  Video of float.  More here.


See also:
Rose Parade
Rose Parade Lineup
Tournament of Roses History
Rose Parade Floats
Rose Parade Rose Court