The Spirit and Passion Behind the Pasadena Tournament of Roses
By Michael K. Riffey with Laura A. Adams
More Than a Parade is a behind-the-scenes look at Pasadena's famed Tournament of Roses, told by longtime Tournament volunteer and 2004 president Michael K. Riffey.
Riffey shares stories of the hard work, drama, and fun that go in to making the Pasadena Tournament of Roses one of the "gotta see" events on the nation's TV schedule. Preparation for next year's parade begins soon after the last street sweeper finishes cleaning up. Months of travel, auditions, design decisions, and logistical setbacks all come together for one day of glorious pageantry. Riffey introduces you to float designers and builders, parade queens, equestrian units, band members, and an army of sometimes contentious volunteers. He also answers some of the most frequently asked questions about the parade -- and the Rose Bowl football game!
More Than a Parade also contains many sketches and photographs that illustrate the history, tradition, and engineering creativity behind the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.