Christmas has come and gone, what’s next? Well the Rose Parade, of course!
Participating in the Tournament of Roses Parade used to be a grand civic tradition in Arcadia. It started in 1914 when the Baldwin Ranch entered an automobile with a peacock perched on top, both covered with white roses and lilies of the valley. For many years, the Arcadia Tournament of Roses Association, an outgrowth of the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce, had raised the necessary funds for the Arcadia float, but the group disbanded after presenting its last float in 1998.
Pictured below is “Sleepy Lagoon,” Arcadia’s entry in the 1961 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. James D. Femino designed the float, which featured the famous Queen Anne Cottage, a historic building on the grounds of the Arboretum of Los Angeles County, in Arcadia.
If you would like to see photographs of some of Arcadia’s award-winning floats, we have thirteen on permanent display at the Arcadia Public Library.