(Editor’s Note: We hope you enjoy this repost of a classic Retroland article)
You’ve dragged yourself out of bed after staying up late to watch the ball drop in Times Square. Somewhat bleary-eyed, you reach for the television remote to watch yet another time-honored tradition. Across the screen, a steady stream of flower-laden floats pass through thousands of cheering spectators. This isn’t just any morning; it’s the start of a brand new year! And what better way to kick things off than the annual Tournament of Roses Parade, live from the streets of Pasadena, California?
For over 50 years, millions around the world have faithfully tuned in to this beloved event on television, with others camping overnight on the chilly Pasadena streets to stake out a few square feet and watch the floats up close, as well as a gaggle of marching bands, equestrian units and other assorted performers.
Is watching the Tournament of Roses Parade a tradition in your home, or are you one of the brave souls that insists on seeing it in person? Please share your fond memories of this event in the comments section, as we reflect upon this colorful tradition.