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HISTORY OF THE ROSE PARADE

By Rosalinda Morgan

The annual Rose Parade and Rose Bowl football game is an all-American tradition on New Year’s Day.Long before the radio was invented much less the TV in 1890, members of the Pasadena’s Valley Hunt Club wanted to celebrate the mild winter weather in California where roses were still in bloom in January.They were eager to tell the world about their paradise.They were from the East and Midwest who moved to California and discovered the nice mild winter weather in Pasadena.Dr. Charles Frederick Holder declared at a club meeting that “In New York, people are buried in snow.Here our flowers are blooming and our oranges are about to bear.Let’s hold a festival to tell the world about our paradise.”
The first floral festival on New Year’s Day was attended by more than 2000 people and was patterned after the Battle of the Flowers held in Nice, France.The festival included a modest procession of flower-covered carriages with afternoon games of foot races, tug-of-war contests, b…