Tournament of Roses kicks Eagle Rock and Highland Park out of Royal Court competition

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Last year Franklin High student Sarah Zuno became the first Rose Parade Princess to come from Highland Park. She may also be the last, according to  The Pasadena Star-News.  The newspaper reports that the Pasadena Tournament of Roses has ended a three-year experiment allowing students from Eagle Rock High in Eagle Rock and Franklin High in Highland Park to become eligible to serve in Tournament of Roses Royal Court. The reason, say tournament officials, is that other nearby schools and communities asked that they also be included in the expanded boundaries. But the volunteer organization said it lacked the resources to enlarge the pool of potential princesses.

So, the tournament this year reverted to a previous rule that limited Royal Court candidates to attend schools within the boundaries of the Pasadena Community College District. Zuno, who was also the first L.A. Unified student to serve in the Royal Court, told the Star-News

“In a sense, I’m very disheartened,” Zuno said Monday, while welcoming competitors at the Tournament House. “I feel like I was an ambassador for the Highland Park area.”

Related Link:

  • Highland Park, Eagle Rock students no longer eligible for Rose Court. Patch


  1. This is a bit obsurd! If any outside of the district schools are able to perform and be in the parade, I think they should be able to run for the royal court.

  2. Not cool. Not cool at all.

  3. Priscilla Luther-Heft

    Carole Cota who graduated from Eagle Rock High School was on the court (I think she was Queen) in the late ’60’s.

  4. Pasadena is Pasadena so what. It is an all volunteer organization because my lame friends volunteer. Who cares about all this beauty queen on my way to Honey Boo Boo Child fame. It’s all lame. It’s the Pasadena parade. It was an experiment … an experiment. It worked and now it doesn’t . Get over it and just get into a great college. Sitting on the Rose Court will mean nothing in college next to the girl who started a nonprofit for Tibetan refugees when she was 17.

  5. @ Punk Attitude.

    Based on your grammar, you OBVIOUSLY didn’t go to college.

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