Rose Parade Participants

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The Rose Parade features three types of entries: floral-decorated floats sponsored by a participating corporation or community organization, equestrian units, and marching bands. The only cars that appear in the Rose Parade are those that may carry the Grand Marshal, the Mayor of Pasadena, the Rose Bowl Game Hall of Fame Inductees and the Tournament of Roses President. Many of the Rose Parade's participating organizations have long histories with the Tournament of Roses and have made numerous appearances in the parade.

Please visit our Apply page for official forms to become a Rose Parade participant. Deadlines for float, equestrian units and marching bands vary.

Rose Parade Participants

Floats | Marching Bands | Equestrian Units

The Rose Parade's elaborate floats have come a long way since the Tournament's early days. Today, float building is a multi-million dollar business and float construction begins almost immediately after the previous year's parade is concluded.

The process starts with a specially-built chassis, upon which is built a framework of steel and chicken wire. In a process called "cocooning," the frame is sprayed with a polyvinyl material, which is then painted in the colors of the fresh flowers or dry material to be applied later. Every inch of every float must be covered with flowers or other natural materials, such as leaves, seeds or bark. Volunteer workers swarm over the floats in the days after Christmas, their hands and clothes covered with glue and petals. The most delicate flowers are placed in individual vials of water, which are set into the float one by one.

Computerized animation has had an enormous impact on Rose Parade floats. Recent entires have featured King Kong stomping through a floral jungle, a guitar-playing dinosaur, pigs dancing the hula and a 60-foot-tall talking robot, all controlled by computers. But through all the changes, the Rose Parade has remained true to its floral beginnings, and each float is decorated with more flowers than the average florist will use in five years.




The first marching band to appear in the Rose Parade was the Monrovia Town Band in 1891, with fewer than 20 members. Today, it's not uncommon to see marching bands with 300 or more members in the parade. Well over 50 musical groups compete for as few as 12 openings every year.

Bands are selected approximately 15 months in advance to give the groups time to raise the money needed for the trip to Pasadena.

  • Air Academy High School - Air Academy High School Marching Band (USAF Academy, CO)
  • Albertville High School – Albertville High School “Aggie” Band (Albertville, AL)
  • Australia’s Marching Koalas (Dangar, New South Wales, Australia)
  • Banda De Música Herberto López - Colegio José Daniel Crespo (Chitré, Herrera, Republic of Panamá)
  • City of Burlington – Burlington Teen Tour Band (Burlington, Ontario, Canada)
  • Homestead High School – Homestead High School Mighty Mustang Marching Band (Cupertino, CA)
  • Kyoto Tachibana High School - Kyoto Tachibana High School Green Band (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Los Angeles Unified School District – All District High School Honor Band (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Lindbergh High School – Lindbergh “Spirit of St. Louis” Marching Band (St. Louis, MO)
  • Londonderry High School – Londonderry High School Marching Band & Color Guard (Londonderry, NH)
  • Louisburg High School – Louisburg High School Marching Wildcat Band (Louisburg, KS)
  • Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band & Herald Trumpets (Pasadena, CA)
  • Pennsbury High School - Pennsbury High School “Long Orange Line” Marching Band (Fairless Hills, PA)
  • Ronald Reagan High School – Ronald Reagan High School Band (San Antonio, TX)
  • Santiago High School - The BOSS (Bands of Santiago Sharks) (Corona, CA)
  • The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band (Los Angeles, CA)
  • “The Commandant’s Own” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps (Washington, DC)
  • United States Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band (MCAS Miramar, MCRD San Diego and Camp Pendleton, CA)
  • University of Massachusetts - University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band (Amherst, MA)
  • Westlake High School – Westlake High School Marching Thunder (Saratoga Springs, UT)

These bands will be joined by those from the two universities competing in the Rose Bowl Game.


Since the very beginning, horses have been part of the Rose Parade, with equines pulling flower decorated carriages on New Year’s Day 1890. Even with the advent of motorized vehicles in the parade, equestrian units have remained an integral component each year, highlighting a wide variety of breeds including graceful Andalusians, striking Percherons, and elegant Saddlebreds. Skilled riders, eye-catching costumes and hand-crafted tack add to the appeal year after year.

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Types of Participants

Float Participants
Band Participants
Equestrian Participants