Parade Traditions Converge, as Tournament of Roses Takes Starring Role in Saturday’s Latino Heritage Parade

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Photography by SHIRLEY HUANG

5:38 am | October 21, 2019

Pasadena’s Latino Heritage Parade bestowed starring roles on Tournament of Roses President Laura Farber, the Tournament’s Royal Court, and the Rose Parade’s Grand Marshals on Saturday.

Farber was herself the Latino Heritage Parade’s Grand Marshal as the annual event filled Washington Boulevard and Los Robles Avenue on Saturday morning, and led into in a festival at Villa-Parke Community Center filled with food and fun.

The colorful and musical tradition drew hundreds of onlookers under gorgeous Pasadena blue skies.

Farber is the Tournament’s first Latina President. She picked a three-generation Latina line-up for her Rose Parade Grand Marshals this year: Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez, actress Gina Torres, and the perennial star of song, stage, and screen, Rita Moreno.

A special presentation paid tribute to Farber and the Rose Parade Grand Marshals.

Serape-draped, the Rose Princesses of the Tournament’s Royal Court marched in the Parade.

The 2020 Tournament of Roses Royal Court Rose Princesses as they marched in the Latino Heritage Parade on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Photo by Shirley Huang.

“The parade is an opportunity to reflect, not only on Latinos, but on the beautiful diversity that makes up and has built a great city,” said Councilmember Victor Gordo said before the parade. “I invite people to come out to the parade and celebrate Pasadena’s rich diversity and Latino culture.”

Gordo, as well as Mayor Terry Tornek, Councilmembers Kennedy, Hampton and Masuda, Coty Manager Steve Mermell, City Attorney Michele Bagneris, Assistant City Manager Julie Gutierrez, Police Chief John Perez, Fire Chief Bertral Washington and other city officials, marched in the Parade.