In spite of freezing weather, thousands of people poured into Pasadena, California, on New Year's Day for the 71st annual Tournament of Roses, described as America's most colourful floral spectacle.
TV. Parade commences, led by mounted trumpeter
TV. Banner preceded Nixon in car
CU. Nixon waves
CU. Truman waves
TV. Queen's float with six ladies in waiting
SV. Wisconsin University float
TV. Horsemen in parade
TV. Float from South Pasadena
TV. The winning float from Mexico
CU. DITTO, depicts two Aztec Indians watching an eagle on a cactus devouring a snake
Tv. Procession continues
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Background: In spite of freezing weather, thousands of people poured into Pasadena, California, on New Year's Day for the 71st annual Tournament of Roses, described as America's most colourful floral spectacle.
Long before the 2-hour parade crowds gathered along the route, lighting fires for warmth. Television and radio played the event to homes throughout the country.
A mounted trumpeter followed by a band led by the parade and close behind them was Vice President Nixon, Grand Marshal of the parade for the second time. Another notability was ex-President Harry Truman, and his car led the way for the float carrying the Rose Queen, Miss Margarethe Bertelson, and her six pretty princesses - all students at Pasadena City College.
Cities, countries, business firms and even foreign countries take part. This year over 60 flower-laden floats, bands and gaily bedecked horsemen formed the procession along its five-mile route.
The international trophy went to Mexico, for its float showing an eagle devouring a snake - traditionally associated with the founding of Aztec cities - and depicting the history if the nation from Aztec times.
This year's theme was "Tall Tales and True", but many of the prizes went to displays on stories such as Jack and the Beanstalk.