SAN DIEGO, January 1, 2014 – One hundred and twenty five years ago, Dr. Francis Rowland and Professor Charles Holder of Pasadena, California created a floral festival in their hometown to show off the region’s beautiful winter sunshine to attract tourists, patterned after a similar event in France.
The flower-covered carriages and tug-of-war contests from the original parade are long gone, but the bragging rights over the sunshine and beautiful flower covered displays remains 125 years later as the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade returns to Pasadena on New Year’s Day morning, Wednesday, January 1, 2014.
Communities will host its traditional live chat for the Rose Parade starting Wednesday morning at 11 a.m.
From its modest beginnings, the Rose Parade now draws a live audience along the parade route of 700,000 people, 39 million Americans watching on television and hundreds of millions more watching in 220 countries around the world.
We will be streaming the parade here along with our Live Chat; If you want to watch on the big screen you have several choices for watching the Rose Parade. There are six U.S. broadcast partners: broadcast networks ABC and NBC, plus Spanish language coverage on Univision; cable channels HGTV, The Hallmark Channel; and RFD-TV.
It will also be shown on American Forces Network to American military personnel around the world.
We recommend The Hallmark Channel, which carries local Los Angeles-based KTLA coverage featuring Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards in high definition. KTLA is the King of All Rose Parade coverage due to its long history of broadcasting the parade.
For international audiences, check this schedule for cable and satellite viewing options.
This year’s theme is “Dreams Come True.” Forty-five floats will roll down Colorado Boulevard, but only 39 of them will compete for the various trophies and prizes available to the best of the entries.
The Grand Marshal is Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, an icon in American sports history and the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers for 64 years. During his unmatched career, he has called three perfect games, 25 no-hitters, 25 World Series and 12 All-Star Games.
The Rose Queen and Rose Princesses have presided over the annual celebration each year since 1930. This year’s queen is 17-year-old high school senior Ana Maria Acosta.
If you want to know when to watch for your favorite float, band, or equestrian group, take a look at the 2014 Parade order.
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