About the Tournament House
This Italian Renaissance-style mansion was built in 1906 for the Stimson family in Pasadena’s “Millionaire’s Row”. The house was designed and built by architect G. Lawrence Stimson and his father, George W. Stimson. After most of the Stimson children left the nest, the house became too big for the Stimsons and they sold the house to William Wrigley Jr. in 1914.
The mansion was presented to the City of Pasadena in 1958 by the Wrigley family. They gave their home with the understanding that it would become the permanent headquarters for the Tournament of Roses®. That is why is is known today as the Tournament House.
The Tournament of Roses Association produces the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game each New Year in Pasadena. The Rose Parade was conceived by the Valley Hunt Club in 1890. It served as a mid-winter festival where they would invite their neighbors who moved from the East Coast. Five years later, after the Rose Parade grew too large for the Valley Hunt Club, the Tournament of Roses Association was formed. Today, 935 Volunteers make up the Tournament of Roses, they are affectionately referred to as “White Suiters” because of the distinctive white uniform every volunteer wears.
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2018 Rose Parade
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE UNRIVALED CELEBRATION
The 2018 Rose Parade took place on January 1st, with the theme “Making a Difference.” This year’s parade marks the 129th Rose Parade, and featured live performances from Earth, Wind & Fire, Andy Grammer and Todrick Hall, local dancing and marching bands, and, of course, the parade floats! Below are some of the highlights of the unrivaled celebration, including members of the Podley Properties family.
Bill Podley and Family Ride Through the Parade on the Valley Hunt Club’s Horse-Drawn Carriage
Did you know… The Valley Hunt Club originated the Rose Parade in 1890. Memorabilia of the time show that it was a “Tournament of Roses” — the name being coined by Charles F. Holder and inspired by the flower festival at Nice and pre-Lenten “War of the Roses” in Rome. The Valley Hunt Club has been an annual participant since 1983.
Sierra Madre Rose Float Association wins the Fantasy Award with “Chivalry!”
Fun Fact: Sierra Madre is the smallest city to enter a float in the parade. The volunteers comes together to self-build and self-fund the annual float creation. A Rose blossom tree graces the front of the float. A First Aid kit is being used by young boy standing on a parapet to bandage a lady dragon’s paw.
La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association wins the Bob Hope Humor Award for the most whimsical and amusing float with “PandaMonium.”
Along Colorado Blvd., PASADENA
8AM > Experience the magic of New Year’s Day with this unrivaled celebration! tournamentofroses.com
Along Sierra Madre & Washington Blvd., PASADENA
MON: 1-5PM, TUE: 9AM-5PM > Get a close-up look at the float designs & learn from the volunteers. tournamentofroses.com
PASADENA Museum of History
WED-SUN 12-5PM > View exquisite coronation gowns & accessories of past Rose Queens & Princesses. pasadenahistory.org
Participating Restaurants Across PASADENA
40 of Pasadenas best restaurants, lounges & burger joints offer signature creations & deals. pasadenarestaurantweek.com
TAKING IN NATURE
Huntington Library & Gardens, SAN MARINO
1-3PM > Enjoy the sounds of Traditional Chinese music in the Garden of Flowing Fragrance. huntington.org
Descanso Gardens, LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE
10AM > Walk through the Camellia Forest with the Huntington Library’s curator of woody plant materials. descansogardens.org
GLENDALE Police Department
CLASS: 9-10AM, PICK-UP: 9AM-11AM > Learn how to best harvest rain water & pick up your barrel (must be pre-ordered). glendaleca.gov
The Arboretum, ARCADIA
8-10AM > A Japanese-inspired practice that deepens your relationship with nature. Tea & snacks provided. arboretum.org
Descanso Gardens, LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE
10AM-2PM > Sample & browse delicious teas for sale while taking in the beautiful winter camellia blooms. descansogardens.org
ARTS, CRAFTS & GAMES
Old Town MONROVIA
5-9PM > Peruse organice & nutritious produce, beautiful fresh-cut flowers & crafts hand-made by local artisans. cityofmonrovia.org
6-9PM > Enjoy shopping and dining while visiting art galleries in & nearby the Claremont Village. claremontartwalk.com
10AM-6PM > Buy direct from artisans at great prices. Beads, art, clothing, jewelry, gemstones, textiles & more. beadanddesign.com
SAN GABRIEL Mission Playhouse
3-4:30PM > FREE classical concert presented by the Olympia Philharmonic Society & CSLA. missionplayhouse.org
SIERRA MADRE Public Library
GLENDORA Public Library
MONROVIA Public Library
6:30-8:30PM > Bring your favorite games for an evening of skill, luck & comradery. Snacks & beverages included. cityofmonrovia.org
Creative Arts Group, SIERRA MADRE
7-9PM > Meet the artists & enjoy refreshments on opening night. Show continues through February 23rd. creativeartsgroup.org
ALTADENA Public Library
11AM-1PM > Participants will learn to make posters using the mono-silkscreen technique. altadenalibrary.org