Joyous shrieks, wide grins and bouquets of blossoming roses marked the selection Monday morning of seven young women as royal court princesses at the Tournament of Roses house in Pasadena.
Selected from a group of 31 finalists who waited nervously on a carpet-lined staircase, the young women will act as ambassadors for the 2015 Tournament of Roses and attend as many as 100 community and media functions in the run-up to the 126th Rose Parade. (See a gallery of vintage royal court photos below.)
Before naming the princesses, a tournament official told the hundreds of friends and family in attendance to “breathe,” then he read the names from envelopes, one at a time.
Mackenzie Joy Byers, 18, of Pasadena City College; Gabrielle Ann Current, 18, of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Veronica Sara Mejia, 19, of Pasadena City College; Bergen Louise Onufer, 17, of Mayfield Senior School; Simona K. Shao, 17, of Westridge School; Emily Alicia Olivas Stoker, 17, of Temple City High School; and Madison Elaine Triplett, 17, of John Marshall Fundamental High School.
The “coronation” of the 97th Rose queen will be held on Oct. 21.
Louis Zamperini -- the Olympic athlete turned World War II hero – was chosen as grand marshal earlier this year but died in July at age 97. At the Tournament of Roses house Monday, officials said Zamperini’s family will attend in his absence.
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