From the Archives: The early days of the Rose Parade

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.

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