By Debbie Vanden Broek Olivier
Indo Princess Pride
I am so proud to have represented the Dutch Indo community as a princess of Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses Court in 1977. It just so happened that another Dutch Indo and his brother were starting to make a name for themselves in the (rock) group Van Halen at that time. I remember seeing them around campus at Pasadena Community College. I received a lot of outpouring of love from the Dutch Indo community when I was a Rose Princess.
I was always so proud whenever my ancestry was acknowledged when the officials described us at different events. I wanted to share this story about me because I am proud of this connection.
Rose Parade History
The Rose Bowl Parade is a New Year’s Day tradition in Pasadena, California, occurring on New Year’s Day. Dating back to 1890, the parade attracts millions of both in-person and television viewers. A highlight of the parade is the presence of the Rose Bowl Parade Queen and Princesses, young women selected to represent various communities and schools. These young ladies are chosen for their academic achievements, leadership qualities, and community service. The Rose Bowl Parade and its royal court celebrate the beginning of the new year with a dazzling floral floats, marching bands, and a touch of elegance.
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