Rose Parade 2012, what did you think of today’s parade?
The Rose Parade and Rose Bowl put on by the the Tournament of Roses organization, put Pasadena on the map for would-be tourists from all over the world. The parade and bowl game infuse millions of dollars into the local economy and help draw tourists to the city all year round. Pasadena’s official tourism Web site gives the Rose Parade top billing.
Were you able to watch the parade this year? If not, click here for a story that includes a link to watch a replay. The story also includes video of a horse bucking off a rider in the parade. But fortunately, the rider did not appear to be seriously hurt.
What did you think of the parade this year? Leave your comments below.
It’s an unusual year for the Rose Parade. Usually the Rose Parade is held on New Year’s Day, January 1. But this year, 2012, New Year’s Day is on a Sunday. As a matter of policy, the Tournament of Roses organizers hold the Rose Parade on the day after New Year’s when New Year’s Day is on a Sunday. The reasons for the policy are listed in this article.
The Grand Marshall for the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade will be Iraq war veteran and Dancing with the Stars Champion J. R. Martinez. (His photo is on the left.)
“J.R. Martinez is an inspiration to us all and a natural fit for our theme Just Imagine…,” said Rick Jackson, president of the Tournament of Roses. “J.R. is not only a courageous and engaging role model for us all but has dedicated himself to helping not only servicemen and servicewomen, but all Americans facing challenges. His outlook on life is admirable and we couldn’t be happier to have the chance to celebrate the New Year with him as we entertain the millions of fans around the world during the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game.”
Rose Queen Drew Washington
Pasadena has crowned the 94th Rose Queen as Drew Washington.
“Queen Drew and the six princesses are exemplary role models,” said Tournament of RosesPresident, Richard Jackson. “We are so honored to have them as a part of our Tournament of Roses family. These beautiful, smart and poised young ladies have been and will continue to be excellent ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses.”
Once again, if were not able to watch the parade live, you can watch a replay on KTLA’s web site. That Rose Parade 2012 video link is here.