By studying history and tradition we have the opportunity to learn about actions that have proven successful and this data can help us navigate the future. In order for an idea to become a tradition it must be a good idea. A brief look the history of The Tournament of Roses Parade is a study in the success of a very good idea.
Valley Hunt Club
Members of the venerable Valley Hunt Club established the first Pasadena parade in 1890. At the time many of the members of the club were former residents of the American East and Midwest. They wanted to showcase the weather of their new California home. At a club meeting, Professor Charles F. Holder announced, “In New York, people are buried in the snow. Here our flowers are blooming and our oranges are about to bear. Let’s hold a festival to tell the world about our paradise.”
Activities soon included ostrich races, bronco busting demonstrations, and an odd novelty race between a camel and an elephant. (The elephant won the race.) and the rest they say is history; Pasadena History.
Read more @ Tournament of Roses Parade.
Pasadena Museum of History
Wedding Gown Exhibit. See: “I Do! I Do! Pasadena Ties The Knot.”
It’s all happening in Pasadena
2013 marked the 100th anniversary of the Rose Bowl and also the 125th year of the “Tournament of Roses Parade.”
Sincerely, Eric Zimmermann,
- Master of Ceremonies
- Band Leader
Elegant Music 3190 Crestford Drive, Altadena, CA. 91001 Phone: 626-797-1795