A Queen will be crowned this Thursday, October 20 on The Playhouse Mainstage as the seven members of the 2017 Royal Court will make their final presentations before a live audience and a panel of judges. Members of the Royal Court will receive the prestigious opportunity to reign over the Annual Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game, as well as take on civic responsibilities, participating in over 100 public and media events throughout the course of the year.
Around 1,000 Royal Court hopefuls from various Pasadena-area schools interviewed for the opportunity to be selected as the Rose Queen. Now, Finalists and Rose Court Princesses Audrey Mariam Cameron, Victoria Cecilia Castellanos, Maya Kawaguchi Khan, Shannon Tracy Larsuel, Autumn Marie Lundy, Natalie Rose Petrosian, and Lauren Emiko Powers will walk the red carpet for the Announcement and Coronation of the 99th Rose Queen and Presentation of the Royal Court.
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The Rose Queen and Royal Court has been a longstanding Pasadena tradition since 1905. This year marks the 99th Rose Queen!
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Did you know…
-Inspired by best-selling book Ben-Hur, the first chariot races were staged at Tournament Park in 1904. These Chariot races continued until 1915, when the wildly popular event became too expensive and far too dangerous to produce.
-1929: Isabella Coleman invents the innovative float decorating technique of gluing flowers on floats for the very first time.
-In 1939, The Rose Parade celebrated its 50th anniversary. Grand Marshal Shirley Temple, the youngest GM in history, presided over the parade.
-Richard and Pat Nixon enjoyed their first date at the Duke vs. USC Rose Bowl Game in 1939.
-The Rose Bowl Game became the first to be broadcast nationally in color in 1962.
-Prolific Composer/Conductor John Williams lead the parade as Grand Marshal, celebrating the universal language of music with the theme Music Music Music.
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