The 125th annual Rose Parade was held this year on Jan. 1. The Rose Parade, traditionally known as the Tournament of Roses Parade, is a festival celebrated with flower-covered floats, marching bands and equestrians, a rider or performer on horseback. The Rose Parade, which takes place in Pasadena, is viewed by an estimate of 700,000 people and broadcasted both nationally and internationally. This year, AHS’ Cecilia Vong was featured in the parade.
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who have earned their Eagle or Gold Award are qualified to apply to be a Banner Carrier in the Rose Parade. Vong was featured because she earned her Gold Award, the highest award for Girl Scouts.
“Being able to be a part of the 125th Rose Parade as a Banner Carrier with the Boy and Girl Scouts was a memorable experience […] After earning my Gold Award last year in June, I decided to apply to be a part of the Rose Parade. Weeks after completing the application and interview, I was notified that I [would] be a part of the Rose Parade,” Vong said.
This had been Vong’s first time being in the actual parade rather than watching it live streamed on the television.
“Seeing and hearing so many people out on the streets to watch the Rose Parade was definitely amazing […] Overall, I really enjoyed being a part of the Rose Parade. [I] am really glad to have such an unforgettable experience,” Vong said.