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From the Archives: The early days of the Rose Parade

From the Archives: The early days of the Rose Parade
Jan. 1, 1895: This flower-decked carriage won first prize in the 1895 Rose Parade. The Los Angeles Times did not publish photos in 1895, but this image ran with a Times parade preview in 1957. (Los Angeles Times)

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.

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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.

Jan. 1, 1900: Riding in the 11th Tournament of Roses Parade is Maj. Gen. William Shafter, left, Pasadena Mayor George Patten, center, and Gen. Harrison Gray Otis, president of the Los Angeles Times. The driver is not known.
Jan. 1, 1900: Riding in the 11th Tournament of Roses Parade is Maj. Gen. William Shafter, left, Pasadena Mayor George Patten, center, and Gen. Harrison Gray Otis, president of the Los Angeles Times. The driver is not known. (Los Angeles Times)
Jan. 1, 1904: Automobiles take the road in the 1904 Tournament of Roses parade. This print was in the old Los Angeles Daily News files when the newspaper was purchased by Times-Mirror in the early 1950s.
Jan. 1, 1904: Automobiles take the road in the 1904 Tournament of Roses parade. This print was in the old Los Angeles Daily News files when the newspaper was purchased by Times-Mirror in the early 1950s. (Illustrated Daily News)
Jan. 1, 1910: Pasadena High School's float, titled "A Midsummer Night's Dream," takes part in the 1910 Rose Parade. This photo was the lead image in the Los Angeles Times' Jan. 2, 1910, coverage of the Tournament of Roses.
Jan. 1, 1910: Pasadena High School's float, titled "A Midsummer Night's Dream," takes part in the 1910 Rose Parade. This photo was the lead image in the Los Angeles Times' Jan. 2, 1910, coverage of the Tournament of Roses. (M.E. Rafert / Los Angeles Times)
Jan. 1, 1915: An ostrich named Cloudburst pulls Virginia Moon in her L.A. Ostrich Farm entry in the 1915 Rose Parade.
Jan. 1, 1915: An ostrich named Cloudburst pulls Virginia Moon in her L.A. Ostrich Farm entry in the 1915 Rose Parade. (Los Angeles Times)
Jan. 1, 1918: The Adolphus Busch Estate float won first prize — a $50 silver trophy and a blue banner — in the commercial float category in the 1918 Rose Parade. This image was published in the Jan. 2, 1918, edition of the Los Angeles Times.
Jan. 1, 1918: The Adolphus Busch Estate float won first prize — a $50 silver trophy and a blue banner — in the commercial float category in the 1918 Rose Parade. This image was published in the Jan. 2, 1918, edition of the Los Angeles Times. (Los Angeles Times)
Jan. 1, 1920: A general view of the 1920 Tournament of Roses Parade.
Jan. 1, 1920: A general view of the 1920 Tournament of Roses Parade. (Los Angeles Times)
Jan. 1, 1926: Two girls dressed in rose costumes stand beside a float at the 1926 Rose Parade.
Jan. 1, 1926: Two girls dressed in rose costumes stand beside a float at the 1926 Rose Parade. (Los Angeles Times Archive / UCLA)
Jan 1, 1926: The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce's float, called "Industry," turns a corner during the 1926 Tournament of Roses Parade. This photo was published in the Jan. 2, 1926, edition of the Los Angeles Times.
Jan 1, 1926: The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce's float, called "Industry," turns a corner during the 1926 Tournament of Roses Parade. This photo was published in the Jan. 2, 1926, edition of the Los Angeles Times. (Los Angeles Times)
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