Rose Parade Floats
(All photographs, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy of Steve Shaw of the San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society)
According to the official history of the Tournament of Roses:
"The first Tournament of Roses was staged in 1890 by members of Pasadena's Valley Hunt Club, former residents of the East and Midwest eager to showcase their new home's mild winter weather. 'In New York, people are buried in snow,' announced Professor Charles F. Holder at a Club meeting. 'Here our flowers are blooming and our oranges are about to bear. Let's hold a festival to tell the world about our paradise'."
During the next few years, the festival expanded to include marching bands and motorized floats. In 1978, the City of San Bernardino entered its first float in the Rose Parade (the 89th year of the Parade). The City's float was titled, "Gateway to Early California" and it won the Pioneers Trophy.
1981, "The Wonder of Spring", Winner of 1st Place in its Division
(Image taken from the SUN newspaper)
San Bernardino's 1890 Horse-Drawn Hose Wagon
1988 was the last year that the City of San Bernardino had an official entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade. However, it was not the last time that the City was part of the Parade. From time to time the California State Firefighter's Association (CSFA) participates in the Rose Parade with antique apparatus from various cities.
In April 1896, the hose wagon, used by the City of San Bernardino since 1890, was made stronger and became the first ball-bearing fire apparatus on the West Coast. In 1992, the old 1890 hose wagon was discovered, and looked like it had been exposed to the elements since the fire department sold it in the 1920s.
A restoration project was begun, but it stalled after several years and the parts put in storage. In 1996, the wagon was moved to the Pioneer Fire Museum in San Bernardino where the restoration was completed. The City of San Bernardino's Fire Department (SBFD) 1890 horse-drawn Hose Wagon (now belonging to the San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society) participated in several recent Rose Parades.
This same Hose Wagon was featured in the 2008 Rose Parade. Riding in the hose wagon was:
The theme of the parade will be: "Passport to the World's Celebrations". Accordingly, flags and helmets from different countries around the world will be on display.
In the parade lineup, the hose wagon will be #35 out of 97 entries.
2006 - SBFD 1890 horse-drawn Hose Wagon with CSFA Steam Pumper, Ladder Truck and Hose Wagon from Native Sons of the Golden West #59 from Northern California, and Color Guard from the Orange County Fire Department.
2008 - SBFD 1890 horse-drawn Hose Wagon. Riding in the hose wagon was; Patrick J. Morris - Mayor, City of San Bernardino, Maggie Willis - 11 year old grand daughter of Mayor Pat Morris, Michael J. Conrad - Fire Chief, City of San Bernardino, Pat A. Dennen - Fire Chief, San Bernardino County, Gail Shaw - Treasurer & Membership Secretary, City of San Bernardino Historical & Pioneer Society. Walking next to the wagon was Allen Bone - Vice-President, City of San Bernardino Historical & Pioneer Society
National Orange Show in the Rose Parade
San Bernardino has received recognition in the Rose Parade for decades, thanks to the participation of The National Orange Show. The first entry by the National Orange Show was in 1917 and often the name "San Bernardino" was highlighted on the front, the back or the sides of the float.
1917 - National Orange Show
1918 - National Orange Show
1919 - National Orange Show
1920 - National Orange Show
1921 - National Orange Show
1923 - National Orange Show
1926 - National Orange Show
1927 - National Orange Show
1928 - National Orange Show
1929 - National Orange Show
1930 - National Orange Show
1931 - National Orange Show
1932 - National Orange Show
1933 - National Orange Show
1936 - National Orange Show
1937 - National Orange Show
1938 - National Orange Show
1939 - National Orange Show
1940 - National Orange Show
1941 - National Orange Show
1947 - National Orange Show
1955 - National Orange Show
1956 - National Orange Show