This souvenir of the Rose Parade dates to 1927. Anticipating watching this year's Parade, I thought it would be fun to look at what the Parade floats looked like in 1927. Exploring the history of the 1927 Tournament of Roses, I discovered some interesting facts.
A Pasadena physician, Dr. Charles D. Lockwood, was Grand Marshal of the Parade in 1927. A notation on Ancestry.com provides us with information about him:
Interestingly, the Pasadena Convention and Visitors Authority notes that there was "no queen" of the Parade in 1927.
The theme of the 1927 Tournament of Roses Parade was "Songs in Flowers." Most of the photos don't show song titles. Here are a few of the pictures:
|City of Pomona parade entry|
|City of Pasadena parade entry|
The Salvation Army's entry did show a song title, "Abide With Me."
|Salvation Army parade entry, "Abide With Me."|
An eyewitness account of the 1927 Rose Parade has been thoughtfully shared on this blog. The writer called it "most beautiful." http://mymarkland.wordpress.com/2013/11/19/california-tour-final/
Of course you can't talk about the Tournament of Roses Parade without a mention of the Rose Bowl college football game.
There's a picture of the gorgeous cover of the 1927 Rose Bowl program online:
Sports historians note that the Rose Bowl that year, between Stanford (10-0) and Alabama (9-0), ended in a 7-7 tie -- the only time the Rose Bowl did not have a winner.
That game was notable for many other reasons. Stanford was coached that year by a gentleman named Glenn S. "Pop" Warner.
Radio was becoming an increasingly important form of entertainment for Americans back then. Indeed, 1927 marked the first national broadcast of the Rose Bowl, by NBC.
History also notes that a 13-year-old boy in rural Arkansas listened to that historic broadcast of the 1927 contest. He decided that football was so exciting, his goal was to go to Alabama and play in the Rose Bowl.
His name was Paul W. Bryant.