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Great ORIGINAL Unused .20 U.S. Postal ENVELOPE that has NOT been Postmarked. It's a Commemorative envelope stamped January 1, 1985 - January 2, 1985 in honor of the 96th TOURNAMENT OF ROSES STATION, Pasadena CA 91107

This envelope has the state Capital Building and the USA 20 c postage mark.

This envelope is MINT shape. Great for the postal postage stamp or Parade collector!

Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, created by the efforts of Charles Frederick Holder and Francis F. Rowland, is the non-profit organization that has annually produced the New Year's Day Tournament of Roses Parade since 1895 and the Rose Bowl Game, since 1902. This "America's New Year Celebration" is "a festival of flowers, music and equestrians and sports unequaled anywhere in the world", according to the Tournament of Roses. The association has 935 volunteer members and the members spend some 80,000 combined man-power hours to stage the events. The year 2013-4 marks the 125th Rose Parade and 100th Rose Bowl Game on January 1, 2014.

Members of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association are people from the community. When they join, they are between the ages of 21 and 64, live or work within 15 miles of Pasadena City Hall, and are willing to work on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. They must have "a reputation for integrity, reliability, dependability, commitment and dedication." Members are required to devote the time and effort to perform the designated task at the time required. They are interested in community service, as evidenced by involvement in professional, civic, service, political and community organizations, according to the association.

During the Parade, many tournament members are required to wear distinctive white suits, with a red tie, a name tag, a membership pin and an official ribbon. Because of this, the volunteers are commonly referred to as "white suiters." In December each year, a fleet of white vehicles, provided by American Honda, with special "T of R" license plates are seen throughout the San Gabriel Valley.

Tournament House is the name given the building where the organization is headquartered. The Tournament House (formerly a Wrigley Mansion) and the Wrigley Gardens are located on South Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena, California. The structure, a stately Italian Renaissance-style mansion, was once owned by William Wrigley Jr., the chewing gum magnate. After Mrs. Wrigley's death in 1958, the property was presented to the City of Pasadena with the condition that the house become the permanent base of operations for the Tournament of Roses.

Today, the five bedrooms of the second floor are used for committee meetings, as well as serving as a dressing area for the Royal Court and space for display of the Tournament of Roses history. There are displays of trophies, past Rose Bowl Games, Grand Marshals, Presidents, and Queens and Courts. Of interest is the original panel of Peanuts comic strip for January 1, 1974, when its creator Charles M. Schulz served as the Grand Marshal. On the panel, Lucy was watching the parade on TV and was telling Charlie Brown that "They have some of the most beautiful floats this year I've ever seen." When Charlie asked about the grand marshal, Lucy said, "Yeah, you missed him ... but he wasn't anyone you ever heard of!"

The house was built for real estate and dry goods tycoon George Stimson, designed by his architect son G. Lawrence Stimson. After construction was completed of this house on "Millionaires' Row" in 1914, Mr. Stimson sold it to the Wrigleys for $170,000. A year later, the adjacent gardens were bought for $25,000.

The Association maintains the grounds of the Tournament House, and volunteers from the Pacific Rose Society care for the rose gardens. There are hundreds of varieties of roses, camellias, and annuals planted at the All-America Rose Selections' test gardens. The gardens are open to the public throughout the year, except for December 31 through January 2.

Each year, the president announces a parade theme in January and chooses a Grand Marshal during the year. With the announcement of the theme, the preparation and construction of the floral floats begin, along with the selection of marching bands and equestrian units.

R. Scott Jenkins is the Tournament President for 2013-14 and leads the 14-member Executive Committee. He announced on January 17, 2013 that the theme for the 125th Rose Parade is Dreams Come True.

Main article: Presidents of the Tournament of Roses Association

Main article: Tournament of Roses Parade themes

P. Scott McKibben, formerly with the Los Angeles Times, was named Executive Director of the association in 2010. On September 8, 2011, McKibben resigned for personal reasons. William B. Flinn, the Tournament's longstanding chief operating officer, assumed the role of interim executive director and became the executive director on March 1, 2012.

According to the association, members are "assigned to one of the 32 committees, with responsibilities ranging from selecting Parade participants to directing visitors on New Year's Day, to serving hamburgers to band members at the end of the Parade route, to giving presentations about the Tournament to community groups."

Some of the committees are:

Executive Committee fourteen members overseeing the entire operation and is the main policy making body of the association

Formation Area take charge of the staging area before the start of the parade

Parade Operations run the parade, escort the floats, and man the parade route

Post Parade take charge of the floats after the parade and operate the post parade viewing event

Decorating Places manage the viewing at construction sites, allowing the public to view the floats at the various sites prior to the parade

Equestrian selecting the participating equestrian units, stage Equesfest at L.A. Equestrian Center, and insert the units into the parade line-up

Float Construction overseeing the complete construction and testing of the floats

Football in charge of the Rose Bowl Game, including the selection of participating schools and the Hall of Fame ceremony

Music help select the participating bands from around the country and the world, stage the Bandfest shows at Pasadena City College, and insert the marching bands into the parade

Queen and Court "?? manage the tryouts, select the Queen and Princesses, and coordinate the various activities of the Royal Court

Each year, a selection process is held in late September and early October to find out which Pasadena-area girls (ages 17 to 21) will have the honor of being crowned Queen of the Tournament, or in substitution, one of the members of her "Royal Court". Each year over 1000 girls try out. Six princesses and one queen are chosen. The winners then ride on a float in the parade, and carry out duties in promotion of the Tournament, mainly during its duration and prelude. Their duties include attending over one hundred events in the Pasadena area. They usually receive scholarship money, a 30 piece wardrobe and other benefits. During the time that they attend Tournament events, usually from October to January, each girl usually attends school a few times a week for only a few hours at a time.

The first Rose queen, Hallie Woods, was chosen by her classmates at Pasadena High School in 1905. She made her own gown and helped decorate the float upon which she rode.

Vanessa Manjarrez of Mayfield Senior School was named the 2013 queen on October 16, 2012. Members of the court includes Madison Teodo of La Canada High School; Sonia Shenoi of San Marino High School; Kathryne Benuska of Maranatha High School; Nicole Nelam of Pasadena High School; Tracy Cresta of La Salle High School; and Victoria McGregor of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.

Recent Rose Queens are: Drew Helen Washington (2012), Evanne Friedmann (2011), Natalie Innocenzi (2010)

The official Coronation ceremony was held at the Pasadena Convention Center. The Rose Parade has had some of the world's most distinguished individuals serving as Grand Marshal, which included actors, astronauts, writers, artists, athletes and political figures. Traditionally, the Grand Marshal rides in the Tournament of Roses parade and tosses the coin for the Rose Bowl.Grand Marshal Shirley Temple was the youngest GM ever and she presided over the 50th anniversary Rose Parade celebration (1939). Other notable grand marshals included Bob Hope, Chief Justice Earl Warren, actress Carol Burnett, George Lucas, Bill Cosby, James Stewart, Kermit the Frog, Mickey Mouse, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, former Presidents Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The Grand Marshal for the 2012 parade was J.R. Martinez, announced on November 1, 2011. The Grand Marshal and the Queen and Court presided over the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012 since New Year's Day fell on Sunday. On October 26, 2010, Food Network star Paula Deen was selected as the Grand Marshal of the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade. On April 23, 2012 Jane Goodall was named Grand Marshal of the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade.

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses' annual New Year's Day football game is played in the Rose Bowl stadium, which was completed in 1923 and hosted its first game between USC and Penn State. USC won the game, 14-3. In 2002, the first BCS National Championship Game was held on January 3 at the Rose Bowl stadium.

The Tournament of Roses hosted both the traditional Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi and the Citi BCS National Championship Game in 2010. Vizio became the new presenting sponsor beginning with the 2011 Rose Bowl Game. The 2014 Rose Bowl Game game will mark its 100th college bowl game. The January 1, 2015 Rose Bowl game will be a semifinal game of the College Football Playoff, replacing the BCS.

The original Rose Bowl stadium was built in a horseshoe shape, open on the south end, for $272,198.26. It had a capacity of 57,000. Beginning in January 2011, the stadium will undergo a $152 million renovation construction. The Rose Bowl football game was added in 1902 to help fund the cost of the parade.

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TOURNAMENT OF ROSES Postage Envelope PASADENA 1985
Item #BMM0002086