With the 2021 Rose Parade already scrubbed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers confirmed Monday that the iconic tradition of choosing a Rose Queen and Royal Court will also be canceled for the year.
“The Rose Queen and Royal Court are iconic traditions, steeped in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses’ history,” according to a statement from the Tournament of Roses. “After thoughtful consideration, and due to the cancellation of the 2021 Rose Parade, this year’s selection process for the Royal Court has been postponed and will resume in the fall of 2021.
“We look forward to continuing the treasured legacy and celebrating the 2022 Royal Court.”
Due to the postponement, local students who were eligible to apply for spots on the Royal Court this year will have their eligibility extended for a year.
Prospective members of the court must “identify as female,” be at least 17 years old by Dec. 31 and no more than 21 years old by Jan. 5 and be a full-time resident of the Pasadena Area Community College District.
The Tournament of Roses announced in July that due to the coronavirus, the 2120 Rose Parade was being canceled for only the fourth time in its history. The previous three cancellations were during the wartime years of 1942, 1943 and 1945.
Tournament of Roses officials said when making the announced that they are working to develop plans for a “new kind of New Year celebration” for fans of the annual parade. No details have yet been released.