So Why Is The Rose Parade on January 2nd This Year?

by on December 28, 2011

in Entertainment

Rose Parade - AKA Tournament of Roses ParadeI think for some, the annual tradition of getting up on January 1st (If you didn’t get too tanked the night before) and turning on the Annual Tournament of Roses Parade (AKA Rose Parade) from Pasadena, CA.

It’s a tradition!

But this year, the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade is going to be on Monday, January 2nd, 2012.

And for some, that pretty much screws them over because not everyone has Monday off from work so they won’t be able to watch the Rose Parade!

What’s up with that???

Why Is the Rose Parade on January 2nd?

The quick answer is that this year, January 1st is on a Sunday.

Way back in 1893, they originated a “Never on Sunday” protocol for the parade, and in a round-about way, has to do with religious practices.  But not in the way you think.

Rose Bowl football gameBack in the day, they avoided holding the Rose Parade on Sundays so that as they plowed on down the road, they didn’t scare the horses that were tethered outside of churches on the Tournament of Roses Parade route.

They also like the idea of avoiding a Sunday telecast so they don’t have to compete with the NFL, the Rose Bowl game is delayed until January 2nd.

DYK:  Did you know they originally had chariot races, that later was replaced in 1916 by the Rose Bowl football game?

At this point, the move date to January 2nd is more about tradition, but the practicality of not competing with the NFL is also a huge business decision these days with networks and their highly valued Nielsen TV ratings.

The 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade will have

  • 43 floats,
  • 21 bands &
  • 18 equestrian units with around 400 horses.
  • and is airing on January 2nd, 2012.

On the bright side, this should only be an issue, roughly every 7 years or so.

Rose Parade Press Release Snippets:


First Parade and Games:
The members of the Valley Hunt Club voted to stage, on January 1, 1890, a parade of flower-decorated horse-and-buggies and an afternoon of public games on the “town lot” east of Los Robles between Colorado and Santa Fe. The parade was to resemble the West’s version of the festival of roses in Nice, France.

Following the parade, young men competed in a variety of foot races, tugs of war, jousts and a tourney of rings – an old Spanish game in which mounted horsemen, each carrying a 12-foot lance, try to spear three rings hung about thirty feet apart while riding at top speed. The tourney of rings, coupled with the floral displays prompted Professor Holder, the first president, to say, “Now we have the name we want – The Tournament of Roses.” More than 2,000 people attended the first Tournament.

First year for officials to be faced with the dilemma of having a Parade on Sunday, which would interfere with church services. Starting the festival a day later was the easy solution. The “Never On Sunday” tradition continues today.

The Parade had become too big for the Valley Hunt Club to handle alone. At a public meeting, the Tournament of Roses Association is formed to produce the annual New Year’s Day festival. A public subscription campaign raised $595 to underwrite expenses of the 1896 Rose Parade.
The first of ten times it rains on the Parade. Other years include 1899, 1906, 1910, 1916, 1922, 1934, 1937, 1955 and 2006.

First Rose Bowl Game played at Tournament Park (Caltech’s current athletic field). University of Michigan
routs Stanford University, 49-0. As the crowd of spectators arrived for the game, it soon became apparent
that the 1,000 seats would not be enough. The mob of 8,500 created a stampede. While no one was
seriously injured, due to the over-excitement of the crowd, as well as the lopsided score, football was
abandoned on New Year’s Day until 1916.

First chariot races staged, inspired in part by the best-selling book Ben Hur. The chariot races, held at
Tournament Park, continued until 1915 when it was decided that while the event was indeed popular, it
was far too dangerous and expensive.



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Trina Morgan December 31, 2011 at 10:34 am

And if you are in Greenville, SC and are school age you can’t watch it because they start school Monday.

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