As a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization the Tournament of Roses Association brings people together to create premier events and entertainment celebrating the New Year. The Tournament of Roses enriches the lives of the many people and organizations it touches by providing satisfying, meaningful, and rewarding experiences.

Purpose of Volunteer Program:

The College Volunteer program is designed to provide a mutually beneficial experience between the Tournament of Roses Association and college students within the Pasadena and Los Angeles communities. Volunteers will be assigned to various operating committees to help bring the magic of America’s New Year Celebration to the world.  Operating committees vary from parade operations, float construction, float decoration and more!  See details below.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Place of residence, employment, or college must be within 25 miles of Pasadena City Hall (100 N. Garfield Ave Pasadena CA 91101.
  • Minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Minimum enrollment of 6 units.
  • One letter of reference attesting to the applicant’s character, dependability, enthusiasm, and commitment to community service. Reference may be from a teacher, club advisor or community organization. In lieu of a recommendation a unofficial transcript may be submitted.
  • Minimum 18 years of age as of application due date
  • Complete this application by October 8, 2022, 5pm.

Volunteer Availability:

  • Volunteer an estimated 20-40 hours 
  • Be available in October, November & December
  • Availability for volunteer duties from December 27th, through January 5, 2023 including New Year's Eve & New Year's Day (specific dates subject to committee assignment).
This application requires you to upload documents.
If you do not have the documents at the time of your application, or need to make a change, please contact:
Alex McNulty, Manager of Member Services at
We will add them on your behalf to your application. Do not submit mulitple applications. 
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Were you a Student Ambassador in prior years? If Yes, what years? *
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Summary of Committees:
FORMATION AREA: The FA Committee is responsible for the tasks that occur before the parade steps off right through the last float departs from the area. The FA is also responsible for securing Orange Grove and the surrounding streets during the night of Dec. 31 until around noon on Jan. 1. Volunteers will be assigned alongside Tournament members to staff barricades, answering questions and providing information to motorists, parade guests and area residents.  There will be a work day a few days prior to the parade, to set up barricades and post signage in the area.
PARADE OPERATIONS: The Parade Operations Committee integrates all Rose Parade participants into the parade per the official line-up, and accompanies the Parade entries from the Formation Area to the Post Parade disbanding locations.  Volunteers assigned to this committee will be paired with a Tournament of Roses member stationed along the parade route.  Responsibilities include public relations, answering questions, assisting with crowd control and interacting the visitors along the parade route.  If assigned to a committee shuttle van, Volunteers will also assist the driver with navigation and communications.


POST PARADE:  The Post Parade Committee receives the float entries at the end of the Parade route and directs them to assigned positions for the Post Parade Showcase of Floats. The PP viewing area is on Sierra Madre Blvd. and Washington Blvd, around Pasadena High School.  Volunteers will assist with greeting visitors and telling them about the floats, resident relations, other duties as assigned.  The PP committee will also have a work day to set up the Post Parade area prior to the parade.
ALUMNI SOCIAL MEDIA: The Alumni/Social Media Committee gathers and creates content for use by the Association utilizing social media platforms to inform and engage members and the pubic.  Volunteers will need to have reliable  transportation, be tech and media savvy, able to photograph, tweet, and post on various media sites. The time commitment is significant as the volunteers are required at numerous events for various committees, including those related to Formation Area, Post Parade, Parade Ops, Equestrian, Music, etc.
EQUESTRIAN: The Equestrian Committee is responsible for the invitation and coordination of the equestrian participants in each year's Rose Parade.  Volunteers will assist with one or more of the following events: Equestrian Reception, Equestfest, and the Marshals Breakfast. Equestfest is a public showcase of all the equestrian units, held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Volunteers will be expected to help with setting up, providing general information to the public, and ticket distribution/collection.
MUSIC: The Music Committee manages the invitation and participation of the Rose Parade marching bands, and executes the following events: Bandfest (a public showcase of the bands at PCC), the Band Directors Working Breakfast, the Band Directors Brunch, Incomong Band Directors orientation/dinner. Volunteers will be assigned to assist with one or more of these events greeting attendees, assisting with public relations, answering questions, ticket collection, program distribution, escorting bands as needed for Bandfest, etc.
TELEVISION and RADIO:Serves as liaison to all broadcast media outlets that provide live coverage of the Parade. Responsible for assisting production staff with parade information, logistics and coordinating the Parade route positions of each media outlet. Plans and hosts the Broadcasters Reception and the Broadcasters Orientation.
After reading the summaries of each committee, please list your committee choices in ranked order prefrences. *
Please select your preferred interview dayfrom the choices below. *
If you have any questions regarding the College Volunteer Program, or the application, contact Tournament of Roses Membership Services at
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