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January 14, 1989
It is my humble opinion that the Rose Parade is a spectacle of excess and in poor taste. To butcher all these lovely flowers and to contort them into all kinds of silly images shows how little we care about their beauty. It would be nice to know that we can still come up with some creative ideas that would put all this effort to better use. MARIA MARDAUNIG Redondo Beach
January 2, 1990
The following floats also won prizes at the 1990 Tournament of Roses Parade: Sweepstakes Trophy, for most beautiful float: "The World Is Your Back Yard," Century 21 Real Estate Corp., depicting a tree and moss-shaded Victorian home, with multi-hued flowers as stained-glass windows, connected to a fantasy back-yard gazebo with oversize butterflies and hummingbirds.
December 31, 1995
6 Days to Go: 12/26 * Volunteers begin "hell week," gluing tons of dry vegetation, mostly seeds, onto floats at assembly sites in Pasadena and Azusa. * Pasadena city employees at the crack of dawn begin removing street-light poles that would block spectator's views. 5 Days to Go: 12/27 * Truckloads of fresh flowers begin arriving at float assembly sites, where volunteers begin counting and cutting the blossoms.
January 2, 1986
The following floats also won prizes at the 97th annual Tournament of Roses Parade: Sweepstakes Trophy, most beautiful entry; Singapore Airlines-Singapore Tourist Promotion Board; "Singapore Celebrates the Legend of the Monkey God Festival," featuring the Monkey God and his primate minions against a background of fans. Directors' Trophy, excellence of craftsmanship; City of St. Louis; "Comedie," Clydesdale horses pulling a Renaissance-era wagon with stages where life-sized marionettes danced.
December 31, 1986
Pasadena's annual Tournament od Roses Parade, held on Jan. 1, draws more than a million spectators. The two-hour parade begins at 8:20 a.m. along a 5 1/2-mile route from South Orange Grove Boulevard, east on Colorado Boulevard to Sierra Madre Boulevard, where the public may view the floats after the parade. Some grandstand seating is available by reservation, but most viewers simply try to reserve a piece of sidewalk.
December 31, 2008
Some spectator rules * Overnight camping along the parade route is permitted on the night before the parade only. Do not arrive before noon today. * All people and their belongings (blankets, chairs, etc.) must remain on the curb until 11 tonight, when spectators may move out to the blue honor line. * No public areas (sidewalks, curbs, etc.) may be cordoned or roped off. * No tents, sofas, ladders, scaffolding or boxes. * No bonfires. * No walking in the street.
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December 28, 2012 | By Susan Denley, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Fashion designer Tadashi Shoji lives in Pasadena, so it's only natural that he's been tapped year after year as the official designer for the Tournament of Roses. For the upcoming festivities, he has designed one-shoulder gowns for the Rose Court with flounce detail and an embellished shoulder, according to a news release. The princesses will be in flame crepe and Rose Queen Vanessa Manjerrez in winter white, the release said. But no picture was included, pending the big reveal. Kendall and Kylie Jenner are 17 and 15, respectively, but their Christmas gifts are all grown up. The two youngest members of the Kardashian Klan used various forms of social media to show off their haul, which included Balenciaga boots, Christian Louboutin shoes and Celine bags.
September 23, 2009 | Cara Mia DiMassa
It's been called the longest apprenticeship in America. Longer than the most elite medical residency. Longer than going through law school -- a couple of times. The lead-up to becoming president of the Tournament of Roses, the person who presides over the nation's most-watched parade and its accompanying bowl game, involves years spent staking out barricades in the middle of the night, supervising the parade's equestrian participants, and organizing a stream of parties -- all with the kind of devotion usually associated with religious crusades.
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