Ben Nighthorse Campbell

The Rose Parade grows up

The Rose Parade grows up

It's just a parade, after all, a once-a-year parade, so in the grand scheme of things, the Tournament of Roses Parade doesn't matter — until it does. And it does.

There's a paradox at the core of Pasadena's pretty street party. What began in 1890 as Pasadena's way of flaunting its midwinter pleasures became an internationally televised civic institution.

Be careful what you wish for, and all that.

PHOTOS: The Rose Parade through the years

When the world began watching, this parade — more puritanical than Mardi Gras,...