List of Presidents of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association

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The Tournament of Roses Parade has become such a large event that it requires 65,000 hours of combined manpower each year, or the equivalent of roughly 7.42 years of combined manpower. The Tournament of Roses Association has 935 members, each of whom is assigned to one of 34 committees, and 38 student ambassadors.[1]

This group is headed by a president, who wears the traditional red jacket. While the president is officially elected in the third week of January following the New Year's Day parade and the Rose Bowl college football game, in reality, they were selected when first named to the executive committee eight years earlier. They spend four years as a vice president, then become secretary, treasurer, and executive vice-president before being named president. The newly elected President of the Tournament of Roses has the duty of picking a theme for the forthcoming festivities and selecting a Grand Marshal. The President also approves lists of floats, equestrian units, Rose Queen and the Royal Court, and bands recommended by the various committees. The President has many duties including visiting each of the band participants during the year before the Parade and the many events in late December prior to the actual parade.

Presidents of the Tournament of Roses Association[edit]

Recent Past President photos[edit]


  1. ^ Tournament of Roses Past Themes
  2. ^ Janette Williams, 2011 Rose Parade all about `Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories' , Whittier Daily News, January 21, 2010
  3. ^ Janette Williams, Tournament of Roses announces new president, 2012 Rose Parade theme, Silicon Valley Mercury News, January 20, 2011
  4. ^ Janette Williams, 2nd woman takes Tournament of Roses reins, Whittier Daily News, January 19, 2012
  5. ^ Claudia Palma, “Find Your Adventure” is 2016 Rose Parade theme, Matthiessen confirmed as 2016 President, The Pasadena Star-News, January 15, 2015