A Look Back at the Tournament of Roses

Vanessa Manjarrez, the 95th Rose Queen and her court at the start of the Tournament of Roses. Photo by Dennis J. Freeman
Vanessa Manjarrez, the 95th Rose Queen and her court at the start of the Tournament of Roses. Photo by Dennis J. Freeman

The excitement of the annual Tournament has come and gone. But every year the prestigious event that is seen by millions of viewers across the globe, never fail to deliver in glamour, creativity and astonishment. This year was no different. From the reign of Vanessa Manjarrez, who served as the 95th Rose Queen to the  many award-winning floats that dazzled audiences with their visual presentation, to the spectacle of the Rose Bowl, this was a week filled with wonderment and pageantry. Manjarrez, who attends Mayfair Senior High School in Pasadena, led the Queen’s Court in dignity and class and that personification was followed all down the Tournament of Roses and the events surrounding the festive event. “I’m so honored to be Rose Queen, and representing the Tournament of Roses has already been amazing,” said the newly crowned queen.  “Now that we have these beautiful dresses and our crown and tiaras, the whole experience of being on the Royal Court is even more special.”

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