January 1, 1917 - NOS Rose Parade Float


  In 1917 the National Orange Show (NOS) sponsored its first entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade.  

  The first Tournament of Roses was staged in 1890 by members of Pasadena's Valley Hunt Club.

  The first National Orange Show was held in 1911 at 4th and E Streets in San Bernardino.  

  Hence, the arrowhead symbol on the front of the float commemorates the 7th year of existence for the National Orange Show.

  The San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society has photographs of 26 entries in the Tournaments of Roses Parade by the National Orange Show between 1917 and 1965, and 11 floats sponsored by the City of San Bernardino between 1978 and 1988.

Click here for a photo history of the National Orange Show.

Click here to view photos of Rose Parade Floats by the City of San Bernardino and the National Orange Show.