Happy New Year - VPF
The First Rose Parade, 1890
Happy 2010! I'm sittin' and knittin' while watching KTLA's broadcast of the Tournament of Roses Parade. It's my most favorite New Year's Day event. When I was a little girl, my Dad and I used to get up early to watch the parade on TV. One year...1961, I think, we drove to Pasadena after the Parade was over to see the floats in person. It was a highlight of my childhood.
Most New Year's Days in my childhood, we'd drive to Anaheim and Disneyland. My Dad and brother weren't big football fans, so we rarely watched the Rose Bowl on TV. New Year's Day was the perfect day to visit Disneyland...it was virtually empty!Ellen and Kenny on the Autopia, Disneyland, January, 1956
Below are a few photos of past Rose Parade Queens and their courts. Thanks to the Tournament of Roses photo archives for the pictures.
1950, Queen and her Court 1967, Queen and Court, reading for travelin'