The Honda Rose Parade
A New Years tradition for many, including myself is to watch the Rose Parade on New Yeaes Day. The Rose Parade is a celebration more than a century old – a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere else in the world. It's America's New Year Celebration, a greeting to the world on the first day of the year, and a salute to the community spirit and love of pageantry that have thrived in Pasadena for more than 100 years. This year you may notice that is is on January 2nd, instead of the first.
Since 1893, the first year since the beginning of the Tournament, that New Year’s Day if fell on a Sunday the Parade would happen on that Monday. The reason being to avoid frightening horses that would be hitched outside churches and thus interfering with worship services so the events were moved to the next day, January 2. Though horses are no longer outside local churches, the tradition remains to this day.
The Rose Parade is also known as the Tournament of Roses. This parade requires about 80,000 hours of combined manpower each year. That manpower is supplied by 935 members of the non-profit Tournament of Roses Association, a volunteer organization dedicated to presenting an internationally-recognized New Year’s celebration. Each volunteer is assigned to one of 31 committees, with responsibilities ranging from selecting parade participants to directing visitors on New Year's Day, to hosting the press headquarters for media coverage of the Rose Bowl Game, to giving presentations about the Tournament to community groups.