Tournament of Roses and Pasadena Unified Hold Special ‘Parade of Roses’ Art Competition

Student winners from the Pasadena Unified School District pose during the 9th annual Parade of Roses awards ceremony with their Rose Bud vase.Student winners from the Pasadena Unified School District display their Rose Bud vase at the Paseo Colorado.2019 Tournament of Roses Princess Ashley Symone Hackett smiles for the camera.Wilson Middle School Drum Chore perform at the Paseo Colorado.First place winners of the 9th Annual awards ceremony pose with their Rose Bud vase.Student winners from the Pasadena Unified School District of the 9th annual Parade of Roses awards ceremony pose with their Rose Bud vase.Student winners from the Pasadena Unified School District display their Rose Bud vase at the Paseo Colorado. Ezra Flores, 10, from Norma Coombs Elementary School shows the 2019 Rose Queen and Royal Court his winning Rose Bud vase.Ezra Flores, 10, from Norma Coombs Elementary School poses with the 2019 Rose Queen and Royal Court.Wilson Middle School Drum Chore perform at the Paseo Colorado.Wilson Middle School Drum Chore perform at the Paseo Colorado.The 2019 Rose Queen and Royal Court pose for a picture during the 9th annual Parade of Roses awards ceremony at the Paseo Colorado.

Story by ANDY VITALICIO | Photography by JAMES CARBONE

4:42 pm | November 12, 2018


The Tournament of Roses Association and the Pasadena Unified School District once again joined hands Saturday, November 10, to celebrate outstanding young student artists during the ninth Parade of Roses art competition, where PUSD students are challenged to decorate a vase that best represents the theme for the 2019 Rose Parade, “The Melody of Life.”

The awards ceremony was held at The Paseo, at the Courtyard on the second floor near El Cholo, where about 200 guests were present, among them the 2019 Rose Queen, Louise Deser Siskel, and her Royal Court.

Others who were present include school district administrators, community members and representatives from the Tournament of Roses Association. The Wilson Middle School Drum Corps was there, as customary, to provide rhythmic accompaniment during the awards ceremony.

A panel of judges scored the plaster cast vases on originality and their ability to convey the 2019 Rose Parade theme.

More than 2,000 PUSD students in grades 4 through 8 enter the annual Parade of Roses each year. Like a Rose Parade float, each entry starts with a design concept drawn on a paper template. Teachers at each school chose one winner, who received a blank plaster cast of a rose in a vase to make the concept a reality. Each finalist also submits a personal statement about his or her work and the inspiration behind it.

The winning entries will be on display in a shop window in the Paseo Colorado Courtyard until early January when they will be returned to the students.