A Brief History
The first Rose Parade was held in 1890 in Pasadena, CA. It is always held on New Year’s Day, provided that the 1st does not fall on a Sunday. You see, they worked out a little deal. They will never hold the parade on the Lord’s day and the Lord will never let it rain on the Rose Parade. It is also not held on Sunday’s to avoid competing with the NFL.
This Year’s Parade
The 125th Rose Parade presented by Honda is themed “Dreams Come True.” The theme is a reminder that not only is it possible to attain the seemingly unattainable through extraordinary focus, effort, and belief in the probability of success, but that it has been done. Throughout all of human history, we have achieved “the impossible” by believing in the power of our dreams.
The 2014 Rose Parade will be a tribute to a world of dreams that have come true as a result of imagination, passion, creativity, and hard work. They are celebrated in the small triumph of a child who wins her first spelling bee, or a team of scientists who can take us to the moon. Whatever the dream, large or small, intimate or shared, dreams fuel the stories of our lives.
“Dreams Come True” is also a banner for a yearlong celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the Rose Parade and the 100th Rose Bowl Game, spectacular examples of experiences where Dreams Come True. The game, the best of the best in magnificent competitive form, and the parade, the pinnacle of imaginative artistic expression in the realization of parade floats and the opportunity to march or ride down the Rose Parade’s celebrated route – these are truly the places where Dreams Come True.
Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, an icon in American sports history and “the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers” for 64 years, will be the Grand Marshal for the 2014 Tournament of Roses.
In selecting Scully, Tournament of Roses President Scott Jenkins stated that beyond the broadcaster’s innumerable accolades, it is his humility and integrity that are most impressive.
Scully recently announced that he will return to the Dodger broadcast booth for an unprecedented 65th season in 2014. He began his professional baseball broadcasting career in 1950, with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. During his unmatched career, he has called three perfect games, 25 no-hitters, 25 World Series and 12 All-Star Games. Iconic moments called by Scully include Kirk Gibson’s miraculous Game 1 home run in the 1988 World Series, Dan Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series, Hank Aaron’s record-setting 715th home run, Sandy Koufax’s four no-hitters (including a perfect game) and the scoreless-inning streaks of Dodgers greats Don Drysdale and Orel Hershiser.
Plan your trip to see the parade up close and personal. It’s a must see for New Year’s Day!