Virtual Rosebud Parade | Kidspace Museum



Virtual Rosebud Parade

Submit by May 11 | Tune in on May 28 at 1:00pm


The Tournament of Roses® and Kidspace Children's Museum have partnered together to host the first-ever virtual parade, featuring floats homemade by you. We’re excited to see what those creative, young minds can build! 

It’s easy to participate:
Imagine – What would you like your float to be about or look like?
Gather – You can use any materials from around your house – recycled newspaper, extra construction paper, leaves from your yard… whatever can help bring your vision to life.
Build your float – Anyone in your home can help!
Record a video of your float – Show us what you’ve got, either in motion or standing still. We want to see it all and the special parts up close.
E-mail your video – Send your video to by May 11.
Tune in – We’ll compile the videos and premiere them via Facebook Live on May 28 at 1:00pm.
Full guidelines below.


History of Kidspace's Rosebud Parade:


For twenty years, the Rosebud Parade was hosted by Kidspace Children’s Museum from 1987 to 2007. This fall community event, gave children and families the opportunity to collaborate and problem solve together as they decorated their float, whether it be a bike, wagon, stroller, or scooter. The desire to encourage imagination, creativity, and tinkering was the inspiration for this hands-on activity. Event coordinators referred to it as a "pint-sized" version of the annual Rose Parade produced by the Tournament of Roses®. In 1993, the event was moved from El Molino Avenue, where the museum was located at the time, to South Lake Avenue in Pasadena.




Participants would gather early in the morning to adorn their ‘favorite set of wheels’ with fresh flowers, ribbons, pennants, and other decorations. Local businesses, including Trader Joe’s and Jacob Maarse, provided some supplies. As a key partner, the Tournament of Roses arranged for the Royal Court to lend a helping hand to this event. Each year, Disney friends such as JoJo from JoJo’s Circus, a character from Little Einsteins, and Winnie the Pooh were chosen to be the Grand Marshal of the event. Onlookers were delighted as the colorful vehicles paraded up and down the street.



In 2008, the event shifted gears; Kidspace and the Tournament of Roses officially joined forces to bring “Rosebuds on Parade” to 30 Pasadena-area elementary schools. This art program invited students to draw a design of how they would decorate a 12” rosebud sculpture. One student from each school was then chosen to transfer their design to a 3D sculpture. The art pieces were displayed at Kidspace and awards were presented.


In an effort to engage children and families once again, Kidspace and the Tournament of Roses have come together to produce the first ever virtual Rosebud Parade, featuring small-scale floats made at home.


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    • Get creative, have fun! Your float can be an original design or inspired by a float from a past Rose Parade. Please let us know in your email if it’s the latter.

    • While you can use remote control cars or other electronics to pull your float, or as the base of your float, the float itself should be fully decorated, in the spirit of the Rose Parade, using items from your home or yard.

    • Size: Floats should be at least 1 foot long and 1 foot tall (no maximum size).

    • Video: Must be submitted in a .MOV or .MP4 format with a length of no more than 1.5 minutes.

    • Email submissions to as an attachment or downloadable link. Within your email, please include the name of your float, your float building team (this can be the first or first and last names of your team members or your family name – however you’d to be recognized during the parade)

    • Submission Deadline – 5 p.m. PST on Monday, May 11

    • The Tournament of Roses reserves the right to edit videos as needed. We also reserve the right to exclude any floats that do not meet our guidelines, that feature content not aligned with our mission or due to length limitations.

    • Your submission grants the Tournament of Roses permission to use your footage on any platform.