Rose Parade 2010: Fun Facts
High-stepping equestrian units, spirited marching bands and festive floats of the 121st Rose Parade will set out at 8am PST on New Year's Day. Get the details.
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When: Thursday, January 1, 2010, 11am /10c
Where: Pasadena, California
Theme: A Cut Above the Rest
TV coverage: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Grand Marshal: Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger
Rose Queen: Natalie Innocenzi
Length of parade: 5.5 miles
Where it starts: At the corner of Ellis Street and Orange Grove Blvd. in Pasadena
Where it ends: Sierra Madre and Villa Street
Part 2: Other Fun Facts for 2010
The Rose Queen and Rose Princesses have presided over the annual celebration every year since 1930. During their reign they make many social and media appearances, serving as goodwill ambassadors for the Tournament of Roses Association. Each September hundreds of local young women between the ages of 17 and 21 participate in the month-long selection process to become a member of the Royal Court. Participants are evaluated on a number of qualities, including poise, academic achievement, public speaking ability and community involvement.
Some of the world's most distinguished individuals have served as grand marshal, including Dwight Eisenhower, Bob Hope, Walt Disney, Shirley Temple Black, Bob Newhart, Angela Lansbury, Tom Brokaw, Bill Cosby and Mickey Mouse.
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