The Pasadena Tournament of Roses named Bella Ballard as the 104th Rose Queen amid pomp and pageantry at the Tournament House on Tuesday night.
2023 Tournament of Roses chair Amy Wainscott announced and crowned Queen Bella in front of a cheering crowd of hundreds.
Queen Bella Ballard attends Ogburn School, a distance learning school, and lives in Altadena. She is currently a volunteer with Ronald McDonald House Charities and a soccer enthusiast, player and coach.
Queen Bella enjoys reading, writing calligraphy, collecting vinyl records, playing chess, and learning about astronomy and astrophysics. She will be attending Yale in the fall and is interested in studying economics, law, and astrophysics. Bella is the daughter of Joseph and Angela Ballard and has one sister, Samantha.
KTLA 5 News anchor Lu Parker hosted the event which was streamed live on YouTube.
The event included an introduction by President Wainscott, musical entertainment and performances, live interviews of each princess, a conversation with Queen Liana from 1993 Yamasaki (currently etiquette consultant to the Royal Court).
The princesses were introduced before the Queen’s announcement by their mothers and fathers. A parent escorted each princess onto the stage.
The Queen of Roses and the Royal Court are iconic traditions, steeped in the history of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and continue to be a treasured legacy. Members of the Royal Court enjoy countless benefits; being part of an organization dedicated to hands-on volunteering, discovering opportunities to connect and give back to the local community, developing public speaking skills and increasing self-confidence.
The 2023 Royal Court Grand Final will take place on a float at the 134th Rose Parade and attend the 109th Rose Bowl Game, both on Monday 2nd January 2023.
The six pink princesses of the royal court of 2023 have also been crowned.
Joining Queen Bella on the royal court are (in alphabetical order):
Salia Baligh of Pasadena, a senior at the all-girls Alverno Heights Academy; Michelle Cortez-Peralta of Pasadena, a senior at Pasadena High School; Adrian Crick of Altadena, a senior at Sequoyah School; Zoe Denoncourt of Pasadena, senior at Marshall Fundamental; Sahanna Rajinikanthan of Arcadia, a senior at Arcadia High School; and Uma Wittenberg of La Cañada Flintridge, a senior at La Cañada High School.
Last month, former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords was announced as the 2023 Grand Marshal by Tournament of Roses chairwoman Amy Wainscott, who said Giffords’ remarkable recovery from traumatic injuries epitomizes the theme for 2023, “Turning the Corner”.