It’s a rite of passage for many young women in the Pasadena are: trying out for a spot on the Rose Parade Royal Court. On Wednesday, the Tournament of Roses posted the application for the 2013-2014 Royal Court online, which is the first step in participating in the tryouts.
Many young women—and a few young men—participate in the initial round just for the fun of the experience. Each participant receives a ticket to the Royal Ball held on Sept. 27, 2013. Former Royal Court members brief applicants on what to expect and are available to answer questions, and tours of the historic Wrigley Mansion are offered.
From a field of nearly 1,000, the Queen and Court selection committee, made up of members of the Tournament of Roses Association, choose seven girls to serve as the Royal Court. One will be chosen as Rose Queen. The first cut takes about half the applicants, and then the field is narrowed to around 75 semi-finalists, and finally 30-35 ladies from whom the Court is chosen.
The first round takes place over two days: Saturday, Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday, Sept. 16 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Schools are assigned specific time slots, but if an applicant cannot be there at that time, she can come during any of the tryout hours.
To participate, an applicant must
- Be an unmarried, female resident of the Pasadena Area Community College District and able to provide verification of residence.
- Be a senior in high school or enrolled as a full-time student (minimum 12 units) in any accredited school or college in the Pasadena Area Community College District. A list of eligible schools is here.
- Possess at least a 2.0 (C) grade point average in both the current and previous years’ course work and able to provide verification of same.
- Be at least 17 years of age by Dec. 31, 2013, and not more than 21 years of age before Jan. 5, 2014, with no children.
- Complete an official contestant’s application and participate in one of the initial interview sessions.
For more information, read the online Royal Court FAQS.
The theme of the 125th Rose Parade and 100th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2014 is “Dreams Come True” The Tournament of Roses is a celebration that lasts several weeks in the fall and winter, Keep following your Tournament of Roses Examiner for the latest news and for upcoming announcements.
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