Which came first?


I don’t know about you, but I’m getting super excited for Marg, Teressa, Angela, and Zoobie’s debut in the Rose Parade – America’s biggest New Year’s celebration.  So here’s a bit of trivia for you to tide you over until the big day (and until we get a Equestfest report from Marg):

Which came first? The Rose Bowl or the Rose Parade? I always assumed it was the Bowl game, but it actually was…  The Parade!! Here’s what Wikipedia turned up:

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.

Many of the members of the Valley Hunt Club were former residents of the American East and Midwest. They wished to showcase their new California home’s mild winter weather. At a club meeting, Professor Charles F. Holder announced, “In New York, people are buried in the snow. Here our flowers are blooming and our oranges are about to bear. Let’s hold a festival to tell the world about our paradise.”

So the club organized horse-drawn carriages covered in flowers, followed by foot races, polo matches, and a game of tug-of-war on the town lot that attracted a crowd of 2,000 to the event. Upon seeing the scores of flowers on display, the professor decided to suggest the name “Tournament of Roses.”

The first associated football game was played on January 1, 1902. Originally titled the “Tournament East-West football game,” it is considered to be the first Rose Bowl.

The 1895 version of Marg, Teressa, and Angela.

The 1895 version of Marg, Teressa, and Angela.

Stay tuned, in my next post, I will send you a line-up of the equestrian entries and how to catch the parade on TV.


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