The Pasadena Tournament of Roses theme for 2020 was announced Friday as “The Power of Hope” with the most women in positions of leadership since the parade was founded in 1890.
“Hope is more than simply the possibility of fulfillment,” said Laura Farber, newly elected president of 2020 Tournament of Roses. “Hope is dignity and respect, joy and happiness, aspiration and achievement. Hope never, ever quits. Through hope, we can aspire to be our best and in turn inspire those around us to reach higher.”
Floats, marching bands and equestrian participants will all model their parade entries after the Power of Hope theme.
The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Board of Directors also officially confirmed Farber, Amy Wainscott, and Pamela Knapp as president, secretary, and vice president, respectively, for the 2020 Tournament of Roses. This is the most women ever to serve on the 14-member Executive Committee, which oversees day-to-day policy and business affairs for the organization.
Both Wainscott and Knapp will serve as president within the next seven years.
“It is customary that after serving four consecutive years on the Executive Committee as a vice president, a director will ascend to the office of secretary in the fifth year, treasurer in the sixth year, executive vice president in the seventh year, and then president in the eighth year,” a spokesperson said. There are three other women who serve as “at-large members” who will not serve as president.
Farber, who is originally from Argentina, is also the first Latina to serve as president. She is a partner in the Pasadena law firm Hahn & Hahn, and former president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s young lawyers division.
The 131st Rose Parade will take place on January 1, 2020.
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