Royal Court Announcement, Monday September 30

102nd Rose Queen Coronation, October 22

PASADENA, Calif. (October 15, 2019) – Rita Moreno, Gina Torres and Laurie Hernandez were announced today as the 2020 Grand Marshals by Tournament of Roses® President Laura Farber. They will ride in the 131st Rose Parade® presented by Honda, themed “The Power of Hope” and join in the pre-game celebration of the 106th Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual both are held on January 1, 2020.

“The 2020 theme is ‘The Power of Hope.’ With hope, we can aspire to do better and inspire others to reach higher; hope never quits; with hope anything, in fact everything is possible,” Farber shared. “Rita Moreno, Gina Torres, and Laurie Hernandez epitomize hope. Through their talent, efforts, persistence, and dedication, they have achieved excellence and have given back to the world stories of hope, dreams fulfilled, dignity, respect and inspiration.  

They have provided el Poder de La Esperanza para todo el mundo!”

From left to right: Rukan Saif, Mia Thorsen, Emilie Risha, Reese Rosental Saporito, Michael Wilkins, Camille Kennedy, and Cole Fox.

PASADENA, California (September 19, 2019) In the 2020 Rose Parade, a Women’s Suffrage Float launches the 100th Anniversary Commemoration of the Passage of the 19th Amendment, securing for women, their right to vote.  Offered by a wide representation of women and women’s groups to the 2020 Rose Parade, the float, YEARS OF HOPE. YEARS OF COURAGE. announces this expansion of democracy. The float’s grass-roots organizer, Pasadena Celebrates 2020, is under the umbrella of the National Women’s History Alliance, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, committed to the goals of education, empowerment, equality and inclusion.

2020 is the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. With Hope and Courage, women campaigned for 72 years to have a voice in their government.  Even with this voting victory on August 26, 1920, minority women still faced challenges to their voting rights.               The 2020 parade themed “Power of Hope” is a great opportunity to illuminate this historical event. The float will feature a 30-foot Statue of Liberty, a symbol of enlightenment, holding the tablet of the 19th amendment and dressed in a suffrage sash.   The Float honors those upon whose shoulders the vote was won.  And banners in front of the Statue of Liberty encourage the right to vote for all Americans. Riders on the float will include a “Bouquet of Suffrage Descendants” – those in direct line to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells, and Frederick Douglass. Other distinguished advocates for equality will be announced soon. The float is designed as a symbol of inspiration and a reminder for all Americans to recognize the responsibility and the power to Vote.
               In honor of the 100th Anniversary, the PC2020 Group is launching two opportunities for the public to be part of this exciting and historic celebration.  The first is a chance for only 100 people to walk the 5 miles down Colorado Blvd, behind the float during the 131st Rose Parade on January 1, 2020 in Pasadena, California. These out-walkers, dressed in white with historic sashes, memorialize the Suffrage Campaigns.  For more information on becoming an “out-walker” please click here.

The second opportunity to be a part of this celebratory float is the purchase of floral vials. The float will be covered with vials of yellow roses, the flower which indicated support for Women’s Right to Vote. The names of the donors are written on the vials and will be placed on the float.  Anyone can purchase and name a vial to honor this suffrage victory. For more information about the Rose Vial Program please click here.

            Learn more about volunteering, donating, or participating at www.pasadenacelebrates2020.org


About Pasadena Celebrates 2020

In 2018 Nan Johnson, retired Political Science Adjunct Professor at the University of Rochester, NY, founding director of the Susan B. Anthony Center and President of the AAUW (Rochester), moved to Pasadena and wondered what could be done to honor the Suffrage Centennial.  On January 30, 2019, Johnson and nearly one-hundred women and men met to plan a 2020 celebration of Women’s Right to Vote, but a float would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. The group of volunteers pledged to fundraise for this float as a kick-off for this historical centennial.  To date, more than half of the funds have been raised through grass-roots efforts from individuals who believe in this monumental tribute to women’s right to vote.  Among the organizations supporting this float are the League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women, National Federation of Business and Professional Women, National Council of Negro Women, National Women’s Hall of Fame, Commission on the Status of Women (Pasadena) and the National Women’s History Alliance. Additional individual donors and supporters are Congressman Adam Schiff, Congresswoman Judy Chu, State Senator Anthony Portantino, LA County District 5 Supervisor Kathryn Barger, President of the NAACP (Pasadena) Allen Edison, and many others. For more information, to donate to the fundraising– see https://bit.ly/2uYrbBm.


For media inquiries:

Sylvia Guerrero, Pasadena Celebrates 2020, sguerrero3640@gmail.com (626) 353-7547

Heidi Hoff, Artistic Entertainment Service, Heidi.Hoff@aescreative.com, (626) 676-8793


PASADENA, Calif. (September 24, 2019) – Before the final round of interviews, the 25 finalists for the 2020 Royal Court took a group photo on the front steps of Tournament House.
Applicants from 45 Pasadena area schools participated in the interview process and seven of the 25 finalists will be named to the 2020 Royal Court on September 30, 2019. Members of the 2020 Royal Court will each receive a $7,500 educational scholarship and serve as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses, the Pasadena community, and the greater Los Angeles area.
Volunteer members of the Tournament of Roses’ Queen and Court Committee made its selections based on a number of criteria including public speaking ability, academic achievement, youth leadership, and community and school involvement.
The 25 Royal Court Finalists are:
First row, from left: (#100) Lailah Batchelder, Blair High School; (#093) Carly Witteman,
La Canada High School; (#088) Janelle Johnson, John Marshall Fundamental High School;
(#059) Rukan Saif, Arcadia High School; (#033) Siena Dancsecs, La Canada High School;
(#030) Emilie Risha, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; (#023) Reese Rosental Saporito, John Marshall Fundamental High School.
Second row, from left: (#252) Samantha Kennedy, Mayfield Senior School;
(#248) Ai Kusayanagi, Temple City High School; (#235) Michael Wilkins, Maranatha High School; (#209) Amaiya Drew, Pasadena High School; (#200) Ava Walters, Pasadena High School; (#189) Lily Nelson, Westridge School; (#129) Saudia Usher, John Muir High School.
Top row, from left: (#492) Mia Thorsen, John Marshall Fundamental High School;
(#484) Lily Mendez, Mayfield Senior School; (#410) Camille Kennedy, La Salle High School;
(#394)   Sydney Chang,  Arcadia High School; (#390) Sydney Haupt, La Salle High School;
(#315)   Heein Kim, San Marino High School; (#296) Eleanor Washburn, Westridge School;
(#295)   Kathleen Fox, South Pasadena High School; (#294) Mia Dawson, South Pasadena High School; (#273)   Sophia  Rubbo, Westridge School.