Parades have always made Gerald Freeny smile. When he was a small boy growing up in Pasadena, it was tradition for him and his family to camp out the night before the iconic Tournament of Roses parade to score the best viewing spot possible, waving to all the floats and ringing in the New Year with the entire city.
Little did Freeny know back then that one day, he would become the first African American to lead the Rose Parade on Tuesday, Jan. 1, as the Tournament of Roses’ 2018-19 president.
“I’m incredibly honored and very humbled to be leading this great organization,” said Freeny, who has volunteered for the TOR for 30 years. “When I joined way back when, I never thought to be president — I never even dreamed of it or had goals to be president. I just joined to have a good time, give back to the community and bring in the new year.” Continue reading “Tournament of Roses President Helps Parade Inclusive New Era”
The Shakespeare Club of Pasadena recently welcomed the 100th Rose Queen Isabella Marez and the Royal Court to the villa for the annual Rose Queen’s Luncheon held in their honor. There were 100 guests in attendance. As guests arrived, they were greeted by distinguished members of the Shakespeare Club and Tournament Officials. During the reception hour, attendees were offered a glass of champagne or rose-scented lemonade and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres while listening to live piano music and conversing with the Royal Court and tournament officials. Continue reading “Shakespeare Club Hosts Rose Queen’s Luncheon”
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.”
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