Vin Scully: Being Rose Parade grand marshall 'thrilling'

Vin Scully: Being Rose Parade grand marshall 'thrilling'

Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Two Southern California institutions collided Wednesday when the 125th annual Rose Parade opened with the voice of Vin Scully.
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Plan for same-sex wedding on Rose Parade float draws fire

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 28 (UPI) -- A San Diego woman is calling for a boycott of the 2014 Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., because a same-sex wedding is to be performed on a parade float.

Gas chamber surviving dog to march in Rose Parade

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- A beagle who became famous for surviving an Alabama gas chamber will march in the Rose Parade in California with his New Jersey owner.
Al Roker, Hoda Kotb to host Rose Parade in Pasadena

Al Roker, Hoda Kotb to host Rose Parade in Pasadena

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Al Roker of the "Today" show and Hoda Kotb are to anchor NBC's coverage of the 125th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 1, the network announced.

Vin Scully named grand marshal of Rose Bowl Parade

PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Vin Scully, who has been broadcasting baseball games since 1950, was named Thursday as the grand marshal for next year's Tournament of Roses Parade.
Vin Scully to be Rose Parade grand marshal

Vin Scully to be Rose Parade grand marshal

PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Famed sports broadcaster Vin Scully is to serve as grand marshal for the 2014 Tournament of Roses parade Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif., organizers said.

Throat singer Kongar-ol Ondar dies at 51

KYZYL, Russia, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Throat singer Kongar-ol Ondar, known for his ability to sing two notes at the same time, died in his native Russian republic of Tuva, a friend said. He was 51.
Rose Parade kicks off new year

Rose Parade kicks off new year

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 1 (UPI) -- The 124th Rose Parade rolled down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, Calif., with a Dr. Seuss-themed float in the lead on a cold and cloudy New Year's Day.
Rose Parade rulebook in force in Pasadena

Rose Parade rulebook in force in Pasadena

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Early birds jockeying for the primo places along the Rose Parade route were reminded by officials of what they can't do while waiting for New Year's Day.
Winds may stir up Rose Bowl Parade

Winds may stir up Rose Bowl Parade

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Southern California's Rose Parade and Rose Bowl may be interrupted by heavy winds and rain Tuesday.

Emeril Lagasse to lead Rose Parade

PASADENA, Calif., June 8 (UPI) -- Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse was named Friday as the grand marshal of the 2008 Tournament of Roses Parade in Southern California.

Transplant chaplain to ride in Rose Parade

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- An Orange County, Calif., hospital chaplain who donated a kidney to his sister will be honored in the Rose Parade for his commitment to organ donations.

George Lucas to lead 2007 Rose Parade

PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- "Star Wars" creator George Lucas Tuesday was crowned Grand Marshal of the 2007 Tournament of Roses Parade during a ceremony in Pasadena, Calif.

Rain is in the Rose Parade forecast

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Organizers of the Pasadena, Calif., 2006 Tournament of Roses Parade Wednesday said the show will go on rain or shine.

Sanda Day O'Connor to lead Rose Parade

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Tuesday was named Grand Marshall of the 2006 Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, Calif.
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Rose Parade
A crowd gathers in the pouring rain along Colorado Boulevard to watch the 117th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California January 2, 2006. It rained on the Rose Parade for the first time in more than a half century and hundreds left the floral spectacle before it was finished. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)

The Tournament of Roses Parade, better known as the Rose Parade, is the "America's New Year Celebration", a festival of flowers, music and equestrians and a college football game on New Year's Day, produced by the non-profit Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association.

The annual parade was first held January 1, 1890 in Pasadena, California. Today, the Rose Parade is watched in person by hundreds of thousands of spectators on the parade route, and is broadcast on multiple television networks in the United States. It is seen by millions more on television worldwide in more than 200 international territories and countries. The Rose Bowl college football game was added in 1902 to help fund the cost of staging the parade.

Members of Pasadena's Valley Hunt Club first staged the parade in 1890. Since then the parade has been held in Pasadena every New Year's Day, except when Jan. 1 falls on a Sunday. In that case, it is held on the subsequent Monday, Jan. 2. This exception was instituted in 1893. According to the Tournament of Roses Association Web site, this "Never on Sunday" policy was instituted in order "to avoid frightening horses tethered outside local churches and thus interfering with worship services." Thus, the parade has never been held on a Sunday. Incidentally, the Rose Bowl Game is also not held on Sunday to avoid competing with the NFL. Other bowl games usually held on Jan. 1 also follow this rule.

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