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The Pasadena Rose Parade is Every New Years Before The Rose Bowl Game

Our 2005 Rose Parade Floats section has 50 photos from the float viewing area.
Our 2004 Rose Parade Floats section has over 60 photos from floats in the 2004 Rose Parade.

General Rose Parade Information

  • The flowers are kept fresh by keeping a mixture of 7UP and water in the vases.
  • The parade starts on Orange Grove, travels North, turns on Colorado and then travels East.
  • The parade route is approximately 5 1/2 miles long.
  • The Rose Parade is every New Years before the Rose Bowl Game.
  • The Rose Bowl matched up the PAC10 and Big10 winners until recently when the BCS format changed things.
  • The floats use flowers from all over the world.

    2005 Rose Parade Information

    Justin and I entered the float viewing area at the South end of Victory Park
    Sierra Madre Blvd West of Washington(the order in which we viewed the floats is below)
    17 South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association
    18 AAA of Southern California
    19 City of Cerritos, California
    20 Trader Joe's Company
    21 Smart & Final
    22 City of Whitier, California
    23 Antelop Valley, California
    24 La Canada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association
    25 LensCrafters Foundation
    26 Odd Fellows and Rebekahs
    27 Kiwanis Intl
    28 Optimist International
    29 City of Long Beach, California
    30 Donate Life
    Washington Blvd
    16 Eastman Kodak Co
    15 City of St. Louis, Missouri
    14 City of Glendale, California
    13 Bayer Advanced
    12 Roto-Rooter Plumbers
    11 Lions Club Intl
    10 Home Depot
    9 Lutheran Layment's League
    8 Burbank Tournament of Roses
    7 American Honda Motor Co
    6 City of Los Angeles, California
    5 Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech
    4 Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California
    3 US Bank
    2 Farmers Insurance Group
    1 City of Alhambra, California
    Sierra Madre Blvd (East of Washington)
    31 Downey Rose Float Assoc
    32 Sierra Madre Rose Float Assoc
    33 Las Vegas Continental
    34 Palm Springs Desert Resorts Cities
    35 Cal Poly Universities of Pomona & San Luis Obispo
    36 City of West Covina, California
    37 SUBWAY Restaurants (Theme Trophy Winner)
    38 City of Torrance, California
    39 FTD
    40 NAMM, The Intl Music Products Assoc
    41 China Airlines
    42 City of Duarte, California
    43 University of Michigan
    44 City of Ontario, California
    45 University of Texas
    46 Starbucks Coffe Company
    47 Queen's Float
    48 Rain Bird Co
    49 Rotary Intl
    50 Disneyland Park

    2003 Rose Parade Information

    I watched the commercial free KTLA broadcast of the parade and took notes because the paradeis strongly related to this website.The parade ties into the website nicely as many Southern California citesparticipate in the parade and we have photos from many of those cities.
  • The 2003 Rose Parade was the 114th Rose Parade.
  • Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards covered the parade for KTLA.
  • The 2003 parade had 54 Floats, 24 Marching Bands and 24 Equestrian Units.
  • The 2003 parade theme was Children's Dreams, Wishes And Imaginations.
  • The 2003 floats were judged twice during construction and once at night before the parade.
  • The KTLA live broadcast of the parade was commercial free.
  • There were approximately 1 million people lining the streets watching the 2003 Rose Parade.This number is impressive because it is about 10 times the size of a superbowl crowd.Immediately following the live broadcast, they had an encore presentation which did have commercials.
  • The parade was shown live in Los Angeles on CBS, NBC, KTLA and ABC.

    2003 Rose Parade In Order
  • The parade was led by the pace car.
  • The Long Beach Mounted Police Equestrian Unit was the first equestrian unit seen.
  • The B2 Bomber and F117A Nighthawks flew over near the beginning of the parade.
  • The United States Air Force Band was near the start of the parade.
  • The Craftsman Award went to the Victories of Foreign War Float. It had real fireworks.
  • Gary Thomas, the President of the Tournament of Roses Parade came out on a fire truck.
  • The Extraordinaire Award went to the Honda Float called "The Power of Dreams".The Float had a race car and a toy helicopter.
  • The Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band from South Dakota made a nice appearance.
  • The Animation Trophy went to the Gardens Of Imagination Float by Bayer.
  • The Sweepstakes Trophy went to the Water Wonderland Float.It had Savana Grasslands and a large giraffe and elephants.
  • The Royal Canadian Mounted Police made an appearance.
  • The Calagary Stampede Showband were in the house.
  • The Sky's The Limit Float paid tribute to the Wright Brothers.
  • The International Trophy Winner went to the China Airlines Float.Their "Dreaming Of Taiwan" Float had water buffalo and a Taiwanese house.
  • The Pasadena City College or PCC Trumpets signaled the arrival of the Royal Court.
  • The Attica High School Band traveled from upstate New York to make an appearance.
  • The city of Downey(located southeast of Los Angeles) presented the Midnight Rescue Float.
  • The Volunteer's Trophy went to the Sweet Dreams Float which had a bridge with candy and goodies.
  • Mustang Horses from the New Mexico Horse Project were impressively displayed.
  • The IHOP Ice Skating Float had a little girl ice skating on the float.
  • The Lexington High School Band came out from South Carolina.
  • The President's Trophy went to the "Fairytale Fantasy" Float by FTD.It had butterflies and Elves.
  • The Foxfield Equestrian Team made a good appearance.
  • Trader Joe's started in Pasadena in 1967.2003 marked the debut of the Rose Parade participation with their float.
  • The Oklahoma Marching Band were significant because 2003 was the first tripto the Rose Bowl for the Sooners led by head coach Bob Stoops. They mentionedthat Stoops was in the Rose Bowl as a player when he was with Iowa.
  • The Pasadena City College (PCC) Tournament of Roses Honor Band made their 76th consecutive appearance.They used to choose the Rose Parade Queen from PCC every year.Kodak's 38th float in the history of the parade was the Just Imagine Float which won the Fantasy Tropy.It featured a pirate ship with a wizard behind it.
  • Bo Derek came out with the Bless The Beast Company. Her storied horse used to fight bulls at one time.
  • The Bob Hope Humor Trophy was given to the Roto Rooters Plumbers Bath Tub Racers Floats.
  • The Gumby and Pokey Floats were well put together. It took 500,000 pounds of split peas to make the green color on Gumby.
  • The Director's Trophy went to the Dr. Pepper Float. Dr. Pepper is one of the oldest sponsors and it was their 44th consecutive appearance. Their floatwas called "Read Me a Story" and it had big dragons.
  • The Washington State Band made their first trip back since their last Rose Bowl appearance in 1998.The WSU Cougars lost to Michigan in the 1998 Rose Bowl by a score of 21 to 16.The last Rose Bowl victory for the Cougars was in 1916 when they defeated Brown 14 to 0.The WSU float only had one visible person on it.
  • The Theme Trophy went to the float presented by the Cal Poly Pomona and San Luis Obisbo campuses.Their float had a ferris wheel, ginger bread men and a chocolate sundae.
  • The Governor's Trophy went to the "Gateway to California" float from Ontario.
  • Infonet Services presented a rainbow float.
  • The Home Depot Playground Float took home the Grand Marshal's Trophy. The float had an orange tree house, a purple house and swings.
  • The "Guide Dogs For the Blind" presented a float that showed their cause.The organization was founded in 1942 for WWII soldiers coming home blind.
  • The Outer Banks of North Carolina Float carried quite a bit of history.It had a representation of the 134 year old light house. There were alsoreferences to the wetlands in North Carolina. The Wright Brothers National Monumentwas prominantly featured on the float.
  • The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band marched down the parade route.
  • Winning the Isabella Coleman Award, the "Underwater Discovery" floatfeatured a sunken ship and a treasure chest.
  • The La Canada Flintridge Fire Engine Float received the Mayor's Trophy.Check the main page of to get to the La Canada section where thereare photos from the mountains behind La Canada and JPL.
  • Making their way out from Texas was the Westlake Band.
  • A 1952 Chrysler was used for the Pasadena Mayor.The same car was said to be used by Dwight Isenhower as a parade car.
  • The Dream Ship Float by Smart & Final had sails made out of licorice.
  • Making the trip from the Beehive state of Utah was the Davis High School Marching Band from the city of Kaysville.
  • One of the more interstingly titled floats was the "Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Sweet World."
  • The Pasadena Human Society presented their first float since 1917.Their Lassie Float showcased the famous dog. Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwardspointed out that the original Lassie dog was a Humane Society rescue success.
  • Vancouver, Washington presented the Mt. View High School Marching Band.
  • The Blue Thunder Marching Band was in the house.
  • Located southeast of Pasadena, Arcadia presented an impressive float thatwon the Queen's Trophy. Designed by Phoenix Floats, it included Peacocks,references to the Santa Anita Racetrack and references to the LA Arboretum.Once bought for two hundred thousand dollars, Arcadia is now home to 50,000 people.In addition to buying Arcadia for 200,000, Lucky Baldwin was also the first Mayorof the city. We have many pictures of the LA Arboretum in Arcadia. One can get to these Arboretum photos by going to the main pageand then navigating to the Arcadia section.
  • The City of Cerritos brought home the Judge's Special Trophy with their 50 foot bookworm float that did a 2 and a half minute magic trick.
  • Representing schools from various parts of Southern California,was the Los Angeles Unified School District All District Band.
  • The Dare to Dream float showed the Space Shuttle Challenger.
  • Torrance was able to bring home the Princesses' Trophy with their float.The float was titled, "Catching the Brass Ring." We have pictures from the city of Torrance. One can view our pictures from the city of Torrance by going to the mainpage and then navigating to the Torrance Section.
  • The USMC Band made a patriotic appearcance.
  • The Freedom to Dream Float had a 28 foot tall Eagle and a large American Flag made from red carnations.
  • The Burbank Tournament of Roses Association received the Founder's Trophywith their Bathtub Float. It had an octopus among other decorations.
  • The city of Alhambra celebrated their centennial anniversary with theirGateway to the San Gabriel Valley Float. We have pictures from the Almanzar Golf Course in the city of Alhambra.Our Alhambra photos can be viewed by going to the main page and then navigating to the Alhambra section.
  • The Arcadia Apache Marching Band did not have to travel far to make a parade appearance.As mentioned earlier, we have photos from the Los Angeles Arboretum in Arcadia.The images can be viewed by going to the main page and then navigating to the Arcadia section.
  • West Covina made an entrance with their "Fun With Beany and Cecil" Float.Split peas were said to have been used for the green color on Beany.
  • Pomona was recognized by the WK Kellogg Arabian Horse Program.
  • The Old Fellows Float, "When I Grow Up" displayed a Kitten and a Dalmation.
  • Coming down from Northern California to Southern California was the James Logan High School Band.They are out of the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • The city of Long Beach made their 86th consecutive appearance withtheir Sand Castle Float. It was pointed out that the city of Long Beachwas originally called Wilmor City but it was renamed Long Beach in 1888.Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards drew attention to the Long Beach tourist attractions when their float came by. Specifically, they discussed the Long Beach Grand Prix and the Long Beach Aquarium.They also mentioned the Queen Mary which has beenpermanently docked in Long Beach since 1967. We have some nice pictures of the Queen Maryavailable for viewing on our website. One can get to the Long Beach photos bygoing to the main page and then clicking on the Long Beach section.
  • The group responsible for the "Jesus - God's Gift" float made their 53rd appearance in the parade.
  • Making the 2 hour drive from Northern San Diego County was the Rancho Buena Vista Band.
  • Sierra Madre made their parade contribution by providing the Toys of Yesteryear Float.
  • 3 generations of horses rode next to each other when the Camarillo White Horses trotted by.
  • The "Enchanting Dreams" float by the city of Glendale had an impressive 17 foot swan.
  • The city of Duarte supported the parade by participating with their "Pioneers of Brighter Days" float.
  • The City of Hope Cancer Center was happy to be a part of the parade festivities.
  • The Mexican word for cowboy is Charro and there were some cowboysdisplaying sensational roping techniques while riding horseback.
  • The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power marked their 100th anniversarywith their Toy Truck Float. William Mulholland founded the DWP.
  • The "Circus Comes to Town" float by South Pasadena was the longest float in the 2003 parade.It had an impressive looking Circus Train. Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards notedthat the Metro Gold Line will connect Pasadena to Los Angeles later in 2003.
  • Riding at the end of the parade were the Kings County Palamino Horse Riders.
  • The end of the parade reached the Norton Simon Museum at approximately 10:15am Pacific Standard Time.
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