The Tournament of Roses Parade began in 1890 as a promotional winter festival by the Pasadena Valley Hunt Club. Nothing like sun, clean air and snow-capped mountains to sell Southern California to the frozen East.
The festival took off and became the premier New Year's Day event viewed by millions worldwide.
Here is a collection of Rose Parade images from 1895 through 1926.
Have a wonderful new year!
This post was originally published on Dec. 31, 2010.