Rose Parade Fun Facts & Interesting Figures

Each New Year’s Day, the world focuses its attention on Pasadena, California, USA – the home of the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game.

The Rose Parade is watched by millions of people worldwide as the decorate floral floats, marching bands and equestrian units march down the 5 1/2 mile route.

If you are fan of the Rose Parade then i am sure that you would like to know some Fun Facts & Interesting Figures and interesting figures about Rose Parade.

Rose Parade Fun Facts & Interesting Figures :


1. The First Rose Parade took place in 1890 and it was attended by around 2000 people.

Rose Parade 1890 Photo

2. Today, over 850,000 people are expected to line the Parade Route on January 1, 2020 for the 131st Rose Parade.


3. The first festival held on January 1, 1980 was called the Battle of Flowers.

The festival got its current name in 1897, when the tournament was conducted by a newly established Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association.

4. Rose Parade does not always takes place on the New Year’s Day. There is a “Never on Sunday” Rule

If the New Year’s Day falls on Sunday, then the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game is shifted to Monday, January 2. This Never on Sunday Policy was put in force in 1893.

5. For many decades, the Rose Parade has followed the same route mainly following Colorado Boulevard.

It is a five-and-a-half-mile stretch that takes about two hours to complete.

6. The Tournament of Roses has a huge worldwide audience.

According to estimates, around 50 million Americans will tune in to watch the Parade of Roses this year on TV and around 850,000 are expected to line the parade route on January 1, 2015. Apart from that the Rose Parade will be broadcast to 220 territories around the world which will fetch another few million viewers.

7. Tournament of Roses takes about 80,000 hours of combined manpower each year.


8. Choosing a Rose Queen and her court has been a tradition for more than 90 years.

For the first few decades the Rose Queen had to fund and make her own float and also sew her own dress, but that’s not the case now.

9. Every year the Parade has a Grand Marshal. Ironically, not all Grand Marshals are necessarily human beings.

Mickey Mouse was the Grand Marshal of the Parade in 1966 and then Kermit the Frog was Grand Marshal in 1996.

10. Selection of Marching bands for Rose Parade is done two years in advance.

There are only 22 bands allowed in the Rose parade. Bands from all over the country compete for the honor of being in the parade and seen by millions worldwide and this selection happens two years in advance.

11. Each float of the Rose Parade is decorated with more flowers than the average florist will use in five years.


Forget to mention that the 130th annual Rose Parade will take place on January 1, 2020 at 8 am PST with a Theme of “The Melody of Life” and will feature around 45 floats, 22 bands and 18 equestrian units with approximately 400 horses.

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