Coronation of Rose Queen and Presentation of the 2020 Royal Court Take Place Tonight at the Pasadena Playhouse

Published : Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | 4:43 AM

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Lynette Romero, anchor and reporter for the KTLA 5 Morning News will host the Announcement and Coronation of the 102nd Rose Queen and the presentation of the 2020 Royal Court Tuesday night at the Pasadena Playhouse.

The 2020 Tournament of Roses President Laura Farber will announce and crown the 102nd Rose Queen.

The public reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are availble here. 

In keeping with the Tournament’s Latin-based theme, “The Power of Hope,” music will be performed by Mariachi Divas .

It has been an educational month for the members of the Royal Court, who have received etiquette classes, media training and were fitted for their gorgeous champagne gold-colored gowns. The Queen and the Royal Court will all wear the same style of gown, except the Queen’s gown will be white. The designer is Tadashi Shoji.

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

The seven participants were selected based on a combination of qualities, including public speaking ability, youth leadership, academic achievement, and community and school involvement, according to Candy Carlson, Senior Manager of Communications for the Tournament of Roses.

The seven Royal Court Members are Michael Wilkins (Maranantha High School); Cole Fox (South Pasadena High School); Rukan Saif (Arcadia High School); Camille Kennedy (La Salle College Prep); Mia Thorsen (Marshall Fundamental School); Reese Rosental Saporito (Marshall Fundamental School) and Emilie Risha (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy).

This year, there were more than 600 applicants for the seven-member Royal Court, Carlson said. Following the initial interview sessions, the Queen and Court Committee met and determined who to invite for the second round of interviews.

In addition, 12 volunteer members of the Tournament of Roses were appointed to serve on the Queen and Court Committee. About 250 young women are asked to return.

Third round interviews are then narrowed to about 75 participants, and then to approximately 25 Royal Court Finalists, from whom the seven Royal Court members are selected.

Tuesday night is the culmination of all the hopes, dreams and work involved in the selection process. But the event is more than the coronation of the queen, it is the assembly of a group of women who come together for a cause.

“From that second that they announce you as a Royal Court member, you become an ambassador to the city and you become really a symbol of what makes Pasadena special,” said Royal Court Princess Mia. She said it’s like belonging to a team.

Princess Michael said her parents and friends have noticed slight changes since she has undergone a month of training for the Royal Court.

“I had to get out of my comfort zone and push through the sometimes being uncomfortable and allow me to put myself out there and present a more outgoing version of myself,” she said. “So I believe that this whole experience has allowed me to push myself and allowed me to be more outgoing, which I appreciate.”

For additional information and for tickets to the Rose Parade and tickets for parking, go to:

Student tickets are $15 and general admission is $40.  The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Ave., Pasadena.

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