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Rose Court Meet & Greet (L to R): Ms. Wheelchair California Cindy DeJesus, Rose Court Princess, Rose Court Princess, Teen Miss Inland California Jade Kurtz, Rose Court Princess, Rose Queen Ana Acosta, Miss Inland California Jessica Croupe, Rose Court Princess, Jr. Teen Miss Inland California Madisen Fragosa, Rose Court Princess, Rose Court Princess, and Teen Miss County of Riverside Amanda Stewart.
Rose Court Meet & Greet (L to R): Ms. Wheelchair California Cindy DeJesus, Rose Court Princess, Rose Court Princess, Teen Miss Inland California Jade ...

Local titleholders meet 2014 Rose Parade Queen and court

Inland communities represented at official Meet & Greet at the Tournament House just prior to New Year’s Day Parade

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014
Issue 01, Volume 18.
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PASADENA - Inland California and County of Riverside titleholders attended a private "Meet & Greet" with 2014 Rose Queen, Ana Acosta and her Court on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. Miss Inland California Jessica Croupe of Murrieta; Teen Miss Inland California Jade Kurtz of Temecula; Jr. Teen Miss Inland California Madisen Fragosa of Riverside; and Teen Miss County of Riverside Amanda Stewart of Hemet attended the private meeting at the Tournament House, the headquarters for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.

The get-together on December 28 began with presenting the Rose Queen and her Court with flower bouquets from Miss Inland California, Jessica Croupe. After official photos were taken, the gathering was a bit more informal with all the young women having an opportunity to share experiences from being on a Royal Court. Most of the young women who gathered in the private sitting room at the Tournament House are high school students.

"It was such a pleasure meeting the Rose Queen, Ana," said Jessica, Miss Inland California. "We’re both seniors in high school so we both have official duties to perform in addition to school work, finals and college applications."

"I watch the Rose Parade every year," said Amanda, Teen Miss County of Riverside. "This year when we see the Rose Queen’s float it will be extra special because I have met all these girls."

The teens who traveled from the inland empire to Pasadena truly considered this a once in a lifetime opportunity. The Rose Queen and her Court are part of a tradition and New Year’s Day event that is seen throughout the world. "I see it as being goodwill ambassadors from all of the communities that make up Inland California," said Jade, Teen Miss Inland California. "I was proud to represent all of my peers."

Following the Meet & Greet, Inland California and County of Riverside titleholders traveled to Burbank to view the progress being made on the City of Burbank float. All were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the float making process. Ginny Barnett, president of the Burbank Rose Float Association shared the process from the initial float renderings to the final placement of the floral decorations.



Comment Profile ImageJust curious
Comment #1 | Thursday, Jan 2, 2014 at 1:51 pm
Is the Queen a man or a woman or a person who was a man or a woman? Given this is California and the floats in the Rose Bowl parade, it's a valid question.

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