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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.

Jan. 1, 1918: The Adolphus Busch Estate float won first prize, class F, commercial float category. First prize was a $50 silver trophy and blue banner. This image was published in the Jan. 2, 1918, edition of the Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Jan. 1, 1920: General view of the 1920 Tournament of Roses Parade. The original print has a crease on right hand side.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Jan. 1, 1926: Two girls dressed in rose costumes stand beside a float at the Rose Parade in Pasadena. This uncropped image was scanned from the original glass negative.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

Jan. 1, 1904: Autos in the 1904 Rose Parade. This print was in the old Los Angeles Daily News files when the newspaper was purchased by Times-Mirror in the early 1950s.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Illustrated Daily News

Jan. 1, 1900: Riding in the 11th annual Tournament of Roses Parade is Maj. Gen William R. Shafter, left, Pasadena Mayor George Patten, center, and Gen. Harrison Gray Otis, president and general manager of the Los Angeles Times. The driver is not identified. The carriage was drawn by a pair of white horses, and adorned with roses and an American flag.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Jan 1, 1926: "Industry," the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce float, turns a corner during the Rose Parade. This photo was published in the Jan. 2, 1926, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Jan. 1, 1915: An ostrich named Cloudburst pulls Virginia Moon in her L.A. Ostrich Farm entry in the Rose Parade. Before football became the Rose Bowl tradition, ostriches were raced after the parade. This photo was previously posted in From the Archives on July 9, 2010.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Jan. 1, 1910: "A Midsummer Night's Dream," the Pasadena High School float, in the annual parade. This photo was the lead image in the Los Angeles Times' Jan. 2 coverage of the 1910 Rose Parade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: M.E. Rafert / Los Angeles Times

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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 News 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!

Scott Harrison

1 Comment

  1. January 2, 2011, 4:26 pm

    You tell me. What year was it? Our family lined up on the curb on Colorado Street (I know, Blvd. but we called it Street) at 6 in the morning to see Shirley Temple's curls unravel in the early morning fog and Leo Carrillo prance around on his horse. Shirley and I are still here but most all the others gone, including Leo's horse.

    By: fogfkogen

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