Nervous chatter filled the dewy morning air as the Tournament of Roses chose seven young women to lead the 2019 Royal Court on Monday, including five local students who will partake in what is considered the city’s closest thing to new world royalty amid a year filled with pomp and splendor.
The lucky local students include two Westridge School girls, Lauren Baydaline and Micaela McElrath, and Ashley Hackett of John Muir High School, Louise Siskel of Sequoyah High School and Helen Rossi of Flintridge Prep, who were welcomed into the time-honored fold amid the frenzied whoops and hollers of hundreds of family and friends gathered on the lawn. Continue reading “Lucky Locals Chosen for Coveted 2019 Rose Court”
The 2019 Tournament of Roses President Gerald Freeny recently detailed the leadership and organizational structure for the 2018-19 Tournament of Roses. Terry Madigan, a volunteer member since 1993, was elected to the Executive Committee and will serve as the Tournament of Roses President in 2026. He will provide leadership for the 137th Rose Parade and the 112th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2026.
Madigan was appointed a Tournament of Roses chair in 2010 and a director in 2013. He has served as Committee chair for host, judging, parade operations and special events. Madigan has been vice chair for float entries and post parade and a committee member for community relations, decorating places, equestrian, formation, parade operations, post parade and TV/radio. Continue reading “Tournament of Roses Adds Executive Committee Member”
The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Board of Directors has confirmed Gerald Freeny as president for the 2018-19 Tournament of Roses year.
Freeny, the first African-American president in the organization’s history, will provide leadership for the 130th Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.
Freeny announced “The Melody of Life” as the Pasadena Tournament of Roses theme to encourage creativity in float entries, marching bands and equestrian participants. “The 2019 theme, ‘The Melody of Life,’ celebrates music, the universal language,” shared Freeny. “Music has the power to not only bring us together but take us back to memories and moments as nothing else can. Rhythm, melody, harmony and color all come together to create the soundtrack that defines our lives.” Continue reading “Tournament of Roses 2019 President Elected”
If 100th Tournament of Roses 2018 Queen Isabella Marez is not polished in her picture-perfect royal attire during this year of reign, you’ll find her in her other favorite outfit of choice: scuffed up softball cleats and dirty practice gear.
It’s a dichotomy that reminds those around her of the Royal Court’s transition to modern times, and that a girl these days can be, above all, all things.
“I love that about her and find it so funny,” said sister Alex Marez. “She’s either in full makeup or all grimy in practice gear.”
Either way, Marez is either coming or going, riding out the tail-end of a whirlwind year that will include about 100 public events as queen with her six Royal Court members, serving out the TOR’s choice of theme “Making a Difference.” Continue reading “100th Rose Queen Revels in Timeless Tradition”
The whole princess thing takes some getting used to, but by now Julianne Lauenstein is comfortable with it. Her La Cañada High School classmate Georgia Cervenka is getting close.
Both young women were named to the 2018 Tournament of Roses Royal Court in October and have since attended dozens of functions, serving enthusiastically with five others on the court as ambassadors for the organization and for the Pasadena area.
Lauenstein, who’s eyeing a career in medicine, had some practice. She’s also spent 2017 as a member of the Miss La Cañada Flintridge court, attending dozens of local functions and serving as an ambassador for her hometown and its Chamber of Commerce. Continue reading “LCHS Princesses ‘Make a Difference’ on Royal Court”
When asked how she came up with the concept design for the La Cañada Flintridge self-built Rose Parade float, “Panda-monium,” Ella Jacobs, 12, said, “last year when we were talking about float ideas, I kind of just blurted out, ‘panda float’ because I really like pandas.”
Aside from being one of Jacobs’ favorite animals, pandas serve as suitable mascots for the theme of this year’s parade, “Making a Difference,” said La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association President Chuck Terhune. About 50 years ago, he explained, China and 20 other countries started coordinating programs to breed pandas, and they’re finally starting to release some of these pandas into the wild.
Lance Tibbet’s Pasadena roots are deep. This year’s Tournament of Roses president was born and raised in Pasadena; he graduated from Pasadena High School and attended Pasadena City College. His business — wholesale nursery Magic Growers, Inc. — is based in Pasadena.
“I went through all the schools, my business is here, I live here, a few years ago I said, ‘Maybe I’m a little too provincial, maybe I need to get out into the world?’” Tibbets said.
In the past year, he’s certainly accomplished that — in the most Pasadena role of all.
As president for the 129th Rose Parade and Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, Tibbet had the enviable task of visiting each of the parade’s marching bands, “traveling around the country and traveling around the world, spreading the good work of the tournament.” Continue reading “President Draws on Deep Roots to Promote Rose Parade”
Actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise was announced Monday as the 2018 Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal. Sinise will ride in the 129th Rose Parade, themed “Making a Difference,” and participate in the pregame celebration of the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game, both held on Jan. 1. Continue reading “Actor Sinise Chosen as Rose Parade Grand Marshal”