Yearly Archives: 2023

Pasadena Rose Queen 2024 Naomi Stillitano

Exclusive: Pasadena Rose Queen 2024 Naomi Stillitano

Naomi speaks with The South Pasadenan about the thrill, challenges, and honor of Rose Court process for her & being crowned queen - honestly,...
Rose Queen Mother of Naomi

Exclusive: Mother of Pasadena Rose Queen 2024 Naomi Stillitano

The inside story: Worried, excited, and challenges right up until coronation. Naomi continues to make us so proud. The question: "What was is like...

Exclusive: Father of Pasadena Rose Queen 2024 Naomi Stillitano

The inside story: What's it like for the family handling such a honor. "As a father I always guide Naomi, but she makes her own...
PHOTO: Jonathan Williams | The South Pasadenan | Family birthday dinner with newly crowned Pasadena Rose Queen Naomi Stillitano

Pasadena Rose Queen 2024 Naomi Stillitano | The Inside Story: The Royal Dinner

On a wind-chilled night in November, the Stillitano family gathered inside Fogo de Chão, awaiting the all-you-can-eat delicacies the Brazilian steakhouse has to offer....
Pasadena Rose Queen 2024 Naomi Stillitano | The Inside Story: The Glory of Christmas Eve Pasadena Rose Queen PHOTO: BY PASADENA TOURNAMENT OF ROSES® | 2024 Rose Queen® Naomi Stillitano speaking with local television news KTLA at the 105th Rose Queen Coronation.

Pasadena Rose Queen 2024 Naomi Stillitano | The Inside Story: The Glory of Christmas...

Just a few days before Christmas, the 2024 Rose Queen Naomi Stillitano and her family gather in her kitchen. The shimmer from their tree...

Exclusive: Swim Instructor of Pasadena Rose Queen 2024 Naomi Stillitano

Swimming is her sport! A sit-down with Naomi's swim coach Katherine Tse 2024 Pasadena Rose Queen Bio - by Pasadena Tournament of Roses: Naomi Stillitano is a...
PHOTO: Bill Glazier | The South Pasadenan | Ed  Donnelly, chair of the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses, points to an area behind the War Memorial Building where a permanent building is projected to someday house the city’s float. Over the years, the float has been constructed in a giant circus-like tent at the site.

SPTOR Hopes for Permanent Building in City to House Float

Working in the outdoor elements, where cold, harsh winters can play havoc, weighs heavily on efforts to build a permanent indoor facility housing South...
PHOTO: Bill Glazier | The South Pasadenan | South Pasadena Tournament of Roses 2024 float at the Tournament of Roses final judging on December 31, 2023.

Final Judgment | The South Pasadena Rose Parade Float 2024

Ed Donnelly seemingly gave Tournament of Roses officials some bad news Sunday morning upon their arrival at South Pasadena’s float site behind the War...
New Mayor of South Pasadena: Evelyn Zneimer PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | Outgoing mayor Jon Primuth welcomes new mayor, Evelyn Zniemer for the city of South Pasadena.

New Mayor of South Pasadena: Evelyn Zneimer

Evelyn Zneimer was installed as mayor of South Pasadena as she succeeded outgoing mayor Jonathan Primuth. Zneimer assumes leadership of the city council at...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | Ed Donnelly with Sam Hernandez at the 2023 Crunch Time Party.

CRUNCH TIME PARTY 2023 Held for South Pasadena Rose Float

The annual "Crunch Time Party", an event that raises funds for the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses, was held Friday at the historic War...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | SPHS Boys Basketball plays at the So Cal Christmas Classic.

SPHS Basketball Holiday Tournament

After routing undefeated arch rival San Marino, South Pasadena's basketball team entered their So Cal Christmas Classic holiday tournament with high hopes, but coach...
PHOTO: provided by Tournament of Roses | The South Pasadenan | 2024 Rose Court – left to right: Trinity Dela Cruz, Olivia Bohanec, Emmerson Tucker, Jessica Powell, Naomi Stillitano, Mia Moore-Walker, Phoebe Ho.


MEDIA RELEASE PASADENA, Calif. (October 27, 2023) – The Pasadena Tournament of Roses® has named Naomi Stillitano as the 105th Rose Queen® at the Announcement...
PHOTO: Bill Glazier | The South Pasadenan | A core group of workers put in long hours constructing and decorating South Pasadena’s Rose Parade float throughout the year before hundreds more help down the stretch with the finishing touches ahead of the traditional New Year’s Day event in Pasadena.

Volunteers Make the Difference on South Pasadena’s Rose Float

It is completely volunteer-driven, relying on the community for both monetary and physical support, which is something never forgotten by those like Ed Donnelly. “We...
PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | The South Pasadenan | Volunteers are working day and night to finish the South Pasadena Rose Float for the Tournament of Roses 2024 Parade.

It’s Crunch Time! Volunteers Making Our 2024 Float Happen

This morning Tina Kistinger and family joined other South Pasadenan volunteers continue to get those fresh flowers, seeds, feathers, and grains mounted onto our...
PHOTO: Bill Glazier | The South Pasadenan | The Tournament of Roses Queen and Court gather in front of flowers that arrived this week before being placed on South Pasadena’s float – “Boogie Fever” – in time for Monday’s Rose Parade in Pasadena.

2024 Queen and Rose Court Visit South Pasadena Float Site

It takes a whole lot of help, especially in those final days, hours and minutes before the City of South Pasadena unveils its float...
PHOTO: Matthew Murphy | The South Pasadenan | Roman Banks as Michael Jackson and the cast of MJ The Musical national tour.

MJ The Musical is a Thriller

Michael Jackson fans rejoice and gather – there is a show in town that you simply can’t miss – the national tour of the...
PHOTO: Sally Kilby | The South Pasadenan | One of the auction items featured in the Crunch Time Online Auction is a Blackstone 28" propane griddle donated to SPTOR by Westlake ACE South Pasadena. ACE manager Linda Rodriguez (left) and Manager Oscar Diaz (right) are pictured with Sam Hernandez, Tournament of Roses Association President, next to the BBQ.

SPTOR Online Auction | Scope it out NOW!

Shoppers who want to bid on auction items at the Online Crunch Time Auction sponsored by the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses can now...

Gentleman’s Haircut | Get Ready for the New Year at CALIBRATE

What better way to take on the holidays and new year then with a fresh, new look courtesy of your neighborhood men’s grooming specialists...
PHOTO: Lissa Raney | The South Pasadenan | YoungArts award recipient Maya Proulx

Maya Proulx of South Pasadena Receives YoungArts Award with Distinction in Voice

Maya Proulx has been performing since studying piano and viola at South Pasadena Music Conservatory at four years old. She sang with the Los...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | Local streets lit up for the holidays

Locals Light Up the Holidays

In South Pasadenan style, local residents have decidedly put the holiday spirit in the forefront. Numerous elaborate decorations have lit up South Pasadena streets...
PHOTO: provided by Tournament of Roses | The South Pasadenan | Singer/songwriter Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks to Close out 135th Rose Parade Grand Finale

Media Release Today, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® joins The Mansion Entertainment Group in announcing the highly anticipated Grand Finale of the 135th Rose Parade®...
PHOTO: provided by SPUSD | The South Pasadenan | SPUSD elementary students in language class.

South Pasadena Unified Offers Mandarin and Spanish Programs for Elementary Students

Media Release from SPUSD SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (December 19, 2023) – In the past decade, research has shown that learning a second language at a...
PHOTO: provided by South Pasadena Unified School District | The South Pasadenan | Arroyo Vista fifth graders from Lisa Clark’s class enthusiastically share their state projects.

Arroyo Vista Fifth Grade State Projects Dazzle Parents and Guests

With smiles and an enthusiastic and thundering “Welcome,” Arroyo Vista fifth graders greeted parents and guests on Friday, December 8, and showcased their impressive...
FOOD RECALL: Quaker Oats Granola Products. Grocery store shelves with canisters of Quaker brand old fashioned oats oatmeal.

Major Food Recall: Quaker Brand Granola Products & Snacks

Quaker Oats is urgently recalling dozens of its granola snack bars and cereal products across the United States due to potential salmonella contamination. This extensive...
PHOTO: Timothy Norris | The South Pasadenan | LA County Holiday Celebration at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

L.A. County Holiday Celebration on Christmas Eve

The Music Center, L.A.’s premier performing arts destination, is excited to announce the performers for this year’s 64th annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration, a...
South Pasadena Rose Parade Float Crunch Time Party 2023


Please join The South Pasadena Tournament of Roses (SPTOR) for a night of fun at our annual Crunch Time Party and Dinner! Join the fun...
PHOTO: David Lohr | The South Pasadenan | South Pasadenan businesswoman, Ellen Daigle, receives Senator Anthony J. Portantino's Women in Business Award

Four South Pasadena Women Receive Women in Business Awards from Senator Portantino

Written for the South Pasadenan by Sally Kilby Four residents of South Pasadena received awards from Senator Anthony J. Portantino at his 2023 Women in...
PHOTO: Cheryl Mann | The South Pasadenan | Los Angeles Ballet's The Nutcracker Ballet

LA Ballet’s NUTCRACKER and Artistic Director Melissa Barak’s Inaugural Season

Los Angeles Ballet (LAB) (, announces new Artistic Director Melissa Barak’s first fully programmed season for the Company. The 2023/2024 program marks LAB’s eighteenth...
PHOTO: provided by the artist | The South Pasadenan | Singer songwriter Brad Colerick

Brad Colerick Live at Jeweled Universe | Saturday December 23

Join Brad Colerick at Jeweled Universe as he shares stories and sings through a compilation of some of his favorite classics as well as...
PHOTO: Alisa Hayashida | The South Pasadenan | Santa Clause visits South Pasadena for the city's annual Breakfast with Santa on December 9, 2023.

Must Be Santa! Kris Kringle Pays South Pasadena a Visit

On a beautiful, sunny, Southern California December morning, children were gathered with their families at the War Memorial Building in South Pasadena for a...
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