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Guest Column | Tournament of Roses: The Tournament of Roses IS Pasadena

Published on Thursday, December 31, 2020 | 3:55 pm

To our Pasadena Community,

For millions across America, as well as in the hearts of all of us who call Pasadena home, the Rose Parade® and Rose Bowl Game® are inseparable from Pasadena itself. Every New Year, the vision of California sunshine and mountains warms hearts and lifts spirits in frigid climates.

All of us at the Tournament of Roses® have deep ties to the city, and we were crushed when we had to cancel the Rose Parade, and again when the College Football Playoff made the difficult decision to move the Rose Bowl Game in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and related governmental restrictions. For a 107-year stretch, interrupted only by Pearl Harbor, the Rose Bowl Game took place in Pasadena.

It has taken another national emergency, a tragic pandemic, to force a relocation for only the second – and we hope the last – time in the game’s history. But with hard work and your support, the Association was able to ensure that the game retained its historic “Rose Bowl” name, and preserved not only the game’s tradition but also its connection with Pasadena for those who will be watching today. In addition, we preserved the Rose Bowl Game’s continued association with the College Football Playoffs, which is crucially important.

Thank You

To our fellow Pasadenans, we say thank you for the understanding you have shown in this difficult time. To our 935 volunteers, we express our gratitude for your hard work and devotion to the community. 

While New Year’s Day will feel different this year, the Tournament’s contribution to our  city and region will continue to be felt: 

  • This year’s Rose Bowl Game will help fund the Tournament’s financial support for education – including grants to the Pasadena Unified School District along with many individual institutions, and scholarships to deserving students. 
  • The Tournament of Roses Foundation will continue to make grants in support of the community. We are proud to support our non-profit partners, which include the Pasadena Educational Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills, the   Stars-Elementary Literacy Program and many more. 
  • We support many additional community programs. For our most recent   Community Impact Report, visit 

And, of course, we want to thank the many front-line medical workers, first responders,  and so many others who for many months now have been working tirelessly to help our community through this most challenging time.  

We all look forward to a healthy and prosperous 2021, and to all of us being together here in Pasadena, at the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game, on January 1, 2022 and for many, many years to come. 

Happy New Year, 

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association 

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