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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

Indo Debbie Vanden Broek Olivier is Rose Court Princess, 1977
Debbie Vanden Broek Olivier is Rose Court Princess, 1977

I was born in Hilversum, Netherlands, in 1957 and immigrated to South Pasadena, California, with my family when I was about three years old. I love that a Dutch Indo girl was chosen for such an All American honor and tradition and so happy to bring some different “flavor” to the Rose Court. 

Indo Debbie Vanden Broek Olivier is Rose Court Princess, most left, second row, 1977
Debbie Vanden Broek Olivier is Rose Court Princess, most left, second row, 1977

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.

Indo Debbie Vanden Broek Olivier is Rose Court Princess
Debbie Vanden Broek Olivier is Rose Court Princess on right, 1977

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.

Indo Debbie Vanden Broek Olivier is Rose Court Princess at the Rose Bowl Game, second from left, 1977
Debbie Vanden Broek Olivier is Rose Court Princess at the Rose Bowl Game, second from left, 1977

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6 Comments

  1. Hi Debbie,
    Of course I remember this well. Everyone was so proud of you, especially your parents, Bram & Juultje .
    Hope to see you soon… maybe at your Mom’s house.
    Love- Bunny

  2. Hi Debbie,
    Thanks for sharing your story.
    Hope you and family are all doing well. We haven’t seen each other since our dads worked together for Parsons in Saudi Arabia.
    I remember the beautiful painting of you in princess gown and tiara in the dining room.

    • I think it is wonderful that she was chosen. The idea of the US as a kind of “melting pot” was once crilticized by some, but I think it is a great idea. The only thing that characterizes an “American” for many is simply being born in the USA. In Canada we also cherish multiculturalism.

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