In line with the theme of the 2016 Tournament Roses, “Find Your Adventure,” and the collaboration with the National Parks Service for its centennial, celebrities in the 127th Rose Parade toured the parade route in vehicles fresh from Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. The automobiles, known as “jammers,” are used during the summer for special events by the Jammer Trust, a nonprofit education organization. The group is dedicated to allowing the public to experience the early days of motorized touring in those parks. The cars got their name from the sound the gears made, because double-clutching was required to shift.
The cars were decorated by FTD florists under the direction of J. Keith White, AIFD CFD. They were all certified as California Grown by the California Cut Flower Commission for the second year in a row, meaning at least 85 percent of the floral material was grown in state. It’s always a pleasure to talk with White while he’s working in the decorating tents during Deco Week. This year, we joked that three of the vehicles were made by the White company. More about the flowers, the cars, and the folks in them are in the photo list below.
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John Pointer, a senior at John Muir High School in Pasadena, and Jessica Chen, a senior at Temple City High School, were Tournament of Roses Student Ambassadors. They helped out FTD florists with the cars during Deco Week. The program promotes volunteerism among Pasadena-area youth by recruiting young people for duties in support of the Rose Parade and its associated events.
Let the Parade begin!
New Acura NSX “supercars” were the official sound and pace cars for the 2016 Rose Parade presented by Honda. The model was developed and produced in America. Sprays of red roses decorate the rear of the cars as they move between the musicians in the Honda opening show.
President Mike Matthiessen
Tournament of Roses President Mike Matthiessen and family rode along the Rose Parade route in a fully restored 1925 Glacier Touring Bus. The bus was decorated by FTD florists, led by Keith White, with arrangements of foliage that are reminiscent of a walk in a National Park—Black-eyed Susans, sprigs of pussy willow, fall leaves, and flowers in brilliant reds and yellows.
Tournament of Roses President Mike Matthiessen and his wife Anne rode along the Rose Parade route in a fully restored 1925 Glacier Touring Bus with members of his family. Harper and Jennifer West, Camryn Bristow, Lisa and Casey Brown.
Grand Marshal Ken Burns
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and his family—wife Julie, youngest children Olivia and Willa, eldest daughter Sarah and son-in-law Dave and grandchildren Lyla and Finn—rode in a 1925 Yellowstone Touring Bus. This vehicle, owned by Barbra Carlsberg, was found abandoned in a canyon in Elko, Nev. and restored to use. It has been in several Rose Parades and is fittingly loaded with large bouquets of white roses set off with hydrangeas, unbloomed gladiolas, and greenery.
A unique honor
Ken Burns has been honored with 14 Emmys, two Grammys, and two Oscar nominations among many other awards, but he told the Tournament of Roses that when he received the invitation be the 2016 Grand Marshal, “You could have knocked me over with a feather. I have had some great honors in my life. but I don’t know of something that comes close to this one. It was so completely out of the blue and so wildly exciting.” Burns, who made the documentary series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, was the perfect choice.
All the excitement of a rally
With a busload of Mayor Terry Tornek’s family and friends, this 1931 Yellowstone Bus could be taking a swarm of happy tourists on a trip around the park. White roses and yellow roses, tulips and lilies nested in white hydrangeas and an explosion of greenery.
Mayor Terry Tornek
One of the delightful duties for the Mayor of Pasadena is waving at parade-goers along the Rose Parade route. This was Mayor Terry Tornek’s first trip, and he looks pretty excited. He became the first new mayor in 17 years last April.
Rose Bowl Hall of Fame
The 1927 Cadillac sedan, Glacier Park Transport Co. No. 155 traveled from Montana to make the trip along the 2016 Rose Parade route carrying the inductees into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, class of 2015. It has a pretty good pedigree that reflects the Tournament’s collaboration with the National Parks Service: On August 5, 1934, it took the only sitting President to visit Glacier, Franklin D. Roosevelt on a tour of the park. The sedan was decorated with bright orange flower, including roses, tulips, bird of paradise, and cascading stems with tiny blossoms.
Four football greats
Jim Muldoon (media relations for the Rose Bowl Game for 29 years), Tyrone Wheatley (University of Michigan) and Mark Brunell (University of Washington) were inducted into the 2015 Rose Bowl Hall of Fame last December. Fritz Pollard (Brown University), whose life was a series of firsts for African-Americans, was inducted posthumously. He died on May 11, 1986 at age 92.