Rose Parade 2019 : On New Year’s Day, 90 Pasadena City College (PCC) students will oversee the 130th Rose Parade, an annual procession of around 40 floats coated with flowers, through the Tournament of Roses Intern Program.
How to watch the Rose Parade
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019
Time: 11 a.m. ET
Location: Pasadena, Calif.
TV: ABC, NBC, Hallmark, KTLA 5 and more
Online Stream: WatchESPN, NBC, ABC, KTLA 5, Hallmark Channel
An upwards of 70 million people around the world tune in to watch the annual Rose Parade event in Pasadena, California, and in recent years there has been around 100,000 attendees. This year, there will be 935 volunteers administering the large crowd.
The internship program was set up in 2009 by PCC professor Michelle Ireland-Galman, who was a member of the Tournament of Roses for 25 years. It was designed for students in Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS) or Omicron Mu Delta (OMD) to get volunteer experience. Since then, it has opened up to all students from any local college, including those who live or work in a 15 mile radius of Pasadena City Hall.
There are 130 interns in the program this year, the majority of whom are PCC students. Some students who intern are from CalTech, USC and UCLA.
Internship applications opened in August and the interviews took place during the first week of October. Of the 31 committees that volunteers can join, interns are assigned to one of the nine available to them. Those include Alumni Social Media, three street committees, Decorating Places, Equestrian, Float Construction, Membership Development and Music.
PCC sophomore Nayleen Coldivar heard about the program in Ireland-Galman’s psychology class. When Coldivar was in high school, she tried out to become a Rose Princess in the Royal Court. This is her first year interning for the program’s Decorating Places Committee.
“[…] The responsibility is just taking the tourists around the floats, and telling them how it’s made, what’s on it, and how it’s built,” Coldivar said.
Coldivar noted that the interview for the internship was refreshing and reciprocal, unlike the time she was interviewed for the Rose Princess position.
Jose Lara Banuelos, a first year Civil Engineering major, is interning for the Music Committee. Banuelos found out about the program while searching for volunteer work.