LCF’s Rose Princesses Bond as They Serve Tournament

Photo courtesy Gary Yearick / Pasadena Tournament of Roses Flintridge Prep senior Helen Rossi and La Cañada High School senior Rucha Kadam, both of whom live in La Cañada Flintridge, will ride down Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard as Rose Princesses in this Tuesday's 130th Rose Parade.
Photo courtesy Gary Yearick / Pasadena Tournament of Roses
Flintridge Prep senior Helen Rossi and La Cañada High School senior Rucha Kadam, both of whom live in La Cañada Flintridge, will ride down Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard as Rose Princesses in this Tuesday’s 130th Rose Parade.

Rucha Kadam and Helen Rossi both are La Cañada Flintridge residents, but they had only a passing knowledge of each other before being selected to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court.
Each had entered the Miss La Cañada Flintridge contest about a year ago and briefly met during the interview rounds. Kadam ended up being selected to that court, but Rossi was not.
It’s hardly a touchy subject for them — in fact, both 17-year-olds laugh about the memory and share an easy rapport, as if they’ve been friends for years.
“You bring this up all the time,” Kadam said with a smile.
“I bring it up all the time. … Maybe I am bitter,” Rossi said with a laugh. Continue reading “LCF’s Rose Princesses Bond as They Serve Tournament”

Rose Princess Embraces Hectic Royal Routine

Rose Princess Sherry Ma
Rose Princess Sherry Ma

On Oct. 1, when the Pasadena Tournament of Roses was at last announcing the finalists composing its Royal Court this year, San Marino High School senior Sherry Ma admitted to having a bit of a, well, senior moment.
Each year, when the finalists compete to be the Rose Queen, the TOR announces the contestant’s school, her number and then, finally, her name, ostensibly to add dramatic flair and kick-start the cheers from whichever school the contestant represents. Continue reading “Rose Princess Embraces Hectic Royal Routine”

Museum of History Presents ‘Royals of Pasadena’

Photo courtesy Jim Staub Past Rose Queens gathered at the opening of the “Royals of Pasadena” exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History last week, including (from left) 2005 Rose Queen Ashley Moreno, 1997 Rose Queen Jennifer Halferty Johnson, 1987 Rose Queen Kristin Harris McDonald, 1985 Rose Queen Kristina Smith, 1974 Rose Queen Miranda Barone, 1966 Rose Queen Carole Cota-Gelfuso and 1953 Rose Queen Leah Feland Cullen.
Photo courtesy Jim Staub
Past Rose Queens gathered at the opening of the “Royals of Pasadena” exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History last week, including (from left) 2005 Rose Queen Ashley Moreno, 1997 Rose Queen Jennifer Halferty Johnson, 1987 Rose Queen Kristin Harris McDonald, 1985 Rose Queen Kristina Smith, 1974 Rose Queen Miranda Barone, 1966 Rose Queen Carole Cota-Gelfuso and 1953 Rose Queen Leah Feland Cullen.

In honor of the 100th Rose Queen, Pasadena Museum of History has opened an exhibition celebrating the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court.
“Royals of Pasadena” is on view through Feb. 11 and will explore the traditions and history of the Royal Court, from the selection process to the Rose Queen Coronation, to riding on a float in the Rose Parade. Continue reading “Museum of History Presents ‘Royals of Pasadena’”