The United Service Clubs Rose Parade theme float was "Schooldays." It featured a schoolhouse on a hill, with an arbor and a well. Those riding on the float were; Beth MacLeod, 12; Betty Goodman, 12; Phyllis Newcomer, 12; Jeannette Selph, 14; and Jimmy McNary, 7.
"Dreams of Pasadena" float with a butterfly on top of stacked circular floral stages in front of the Tournament of Roses queen, Mary Lou Waddell, seated on a throne and with smaller butterflies on the sides of the float. Ropes of pink sweetpeas extend to 4 outwalkers. The float was entered by the Tournament of Roses and is seen at the intersection of Orange Grove Blvd. and Colorado Blvd. with the Goodhue Flagpole in the background.
An elephant walking along a runway of waves appears before a two-dimensional floral illustration of the Taj Mahal. Princess Betty Mae Allin sits atop the elephant with her "attendants," Helen Jennerich and Bertiel Clark.
The Long Beach float with Venus, Virginia Johnson, in a sunburst throne with her attendants, Joan Slaughter, Margaret Burley, Mary Lou Turner and Gladys McCleary, dressed in Grecian robes in pastel shades. A fountain in the center supports 2 green cockatoos with orchid tails.
"Alice in Wonderland" float in the form of an open book with "Once upon a time" written on the left page. The Red queen is played by Cricket Caukin, the March Hare is played by Marvel Purrucker, the mad Hatter is played by Jean Bellinger, Alice is played by Dorothy Clayton, Laura Jacobson is the little fairy and Eugene Ober and Eugene Pitzer are the gnomes. The float was entered by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. The Pasadena Memorial Flagpole (Goodhue Flagpole) is visible behind the float in its original location in the middle of the intersection of Orange Grove and Colorado Boulevard.
Pasadena Clearinghouse float with cornupocias spilling flowers and the word "Banks" written in flowers on the side. Two girls can be seen ringing New Years bells with the hat of a third girl just visible. The float is probably near the intersection of Orange Grove Blvd. and Colorado Blvd.
View of the Chinese Empress Wan Qua Fei float. The float features a carriage lead by dragons with Lili Arikawa seated on a throne as the empress with 2 girls seated below her, hanging baskets and lanterns, and with 'Long Beach' written on top. All of the participants are dressed in light-colored Chinese silk, including 5 outwalker boys with baskets suspended from shoulder poles. Following is the Huntington Park's "Vanishing Race" float
View of the "Rainbow Palace" float with a fairy and another rider seated beneath a floral sunshade. The float was entered by the city of Inglewood and was photographed at the intersection of Orange Grove Blvd. and Colorado Blvd. with the radio broadcasting platform visible on the right.
"Little Boy Blue" float with a haystack, cows, sheep and lambs with 3 girl shepherdesses in front and little boy blue next to the haystack. The float was entered by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.
"The Colorado River Aqueduct" float at the intersection of Colorado Blvd. and Orange Grove. The float represents a snow-covered mountain, valleys and desert with an arbor at the back. The float was entered by the Metropolitan Water District.
Float representing the China clipper airplane with 'Los Angeles' and 'China Clipper' written on it viewed by crowd to celebrate Los Angeles Pacific air connections. Riding that float are Mariella Ferguson in Spanish costume at the front, and Virginia Grondahl in Hawaiian costume at the back
Float with a Miss Frank Alexander in an open jewelry box with a red satin lining and a strand of pearls half out of the box in the Tournament of Roses Parade. Floral signs on the float include "Safe Keeping" on the lid of the jewelry box and "Banks" on the front. Signs on the corner commercial building behind the float read: "Latest Model Cars for Hire Without Drivers...," "Pasadena Vulcan...g Works," and "Hotel Franklin." Spectators are standing along the parade route and on top of the corner building.
Float with a person in costume seated next to a striped tent with small palm tree placed saround it. A floral sign on the side identifies the sponsor of the float as the "W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Ranch." The float is at the intersection of Colorado Blvd. and Orange Grove Blvd.
View of Lompoc's float commemorating the ongoing restoration of the La Purisima mission. The float shows a column next to a deteriorated wall. The restoration of the mission complex was completed in 1941.
Floral birds pulling a float with a large globe in the center and three floral parasols above platforms at the back providing shade for 2 visible maidens. Atop the globe is a uniformed man with "Adore" (probably for Adore Dairy) written on the back of his shirt. The float is seen passing the Goodhue Flagpole at the intersection of Orange Grove Blvd. and Colorado Blvd.
The Long Beach float features rowing events to be held in the forthcoming 1932 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, showing 5 children in a floral racing shell with Miss Long Beach (Margaret Pittrof) and her court (Evelyn Stirdivant, Marjory Forsyth, Lorraint McCling and Dorothy Rossback) looking on from her floral throne. The children are: Roberta Johnson, Virginia Turner, Gloria Progue, Barbara Cordell, and Brownie Dell. The float is shown at the intersection of Orange Grove Blvd. and Colorado Blvd.
Float in the form of an Indian Elephant carrying child prince Randolph H. Bennett and princess Eloise McCarter in a howdah. The legs of the elephant moved to give the appearance of walking. Eight outwalkers costumed as turbaned slaves are not in the photograph. The float was entered by the city of Glendale.
Kathryn Dunham, standing before a floral Greek temple and dressed as a Grecian girl, places a wreath on the head of a kneeling athlete, George Hunter, on the float entered by the city of Anaheim. The float is shown at the intersection of Orange Grove Blvd. and Colorado Blvd.
The "Venetian Gondola" float, about 35 feet on length, is steered by a young girl costumed as the gondola. The float was entered by the Hotel Huntington. The float is shown at the intersection of Orange Grove Blvd. and Colorado Blvd. with the Goodhue Flagpole on the right.
Young women carrying the "Huntington Park High School Band" banner, followed by a drum majorette and the band. The Orth Storage building on the left was located at 238 West Colorado Blvd. (the block later became a freeway overpass). On the right, signs painted on the side of a commercial building read: "Chevrolet, Gwynn Johnson, 245," and "H. R. Slayden."
Rose Parade spectators and policeman standing in front of commercial buildings at 89 East Colorado Blvd. Two commercial signs read: "Hunter & Williams Quitting Business Sale...," and "$1.00 Dollar Frocks."
The "Iris and the Rainbow" float, entered by the city of Altadena, with Betty Wilcox as Iris holding the streamer attached to six floral peacocks, accompanied by 4 flower girls (Janet Horning, Joan Smith, Anna Kelly and Marion Rutan) all beneath a wide floral rainbow. The float was photographed at the intersection of Orange Grove Blvd. and Colorado Blvd.
Spectators next to the float of the Rose Parade Queen, Muriel Cowan, featuring a large Russian Firebird composed of yellow chrysanthemums and lavender sweet peas at the front and three Russian mosques with domes covered in yellow pompoms at the back, behind the queen's throne. The float was photographed on Orange Grove Blvd., probably before the start of the parade.
The "Japan" float features a torii gate at the front, followed by a bridge spanning a pond with water lilies, a pagoda and a nagare-zukuri style shrine. Three riders in Japanese dress are visible. The float was entered by East Pasadena and the Pasadena Japanese Community and is shown at the intersection of Orange Grove Blvd. and Colorado Blvd.
Men and boys watching the Rose Parade from the tile roof of the Hupmobile dealer building on W. Colorado Blvd., probably between St. John Ave. and Pasadena Ave. (later the area of a freeway underpass). The Hupp Automobile logo is on the front of the building.
View of the "Sea Serpent" float with 3 women. The Pasadena Memorial Flagpole (Goodhue Flagpole) is visible behind the float in its original location in the middle of the intersection of Orange Grove and Colorado Boulevard. The float was entered by the city of Venice.
View of the front of the "The Lady of the Shalott" float with the little bark carrying the maid to Camelot. The float was entered by the city of Glendale and is shown at the intersection of Colorado Blvd. and Orange Grove Blvd.
Pasadena schools float in the shape of a galley with waves lapping on the sides and a mast with 3 sails with signs on the sails reading (top): PHS [for Pasadena High School], (middle) Junior HS, (bottom) Elementary Schools. 8 boys in costume stand next to the float, one girl is seated on the float and 2 boys stand at the front of the float
The "Egyptian barge" float is canopied with vines and flowers and features Martha Meserole as Queen of the Rose Maidens. "South Pasadena" appears in floral letters on the side of a float with a verdant hill covered by an awning and with girls in costume seated in a bower at the end. This was the first entry for the city of South Pasadena.
The automobile, completely blanketed in flowers and greenery with "Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors" in flowers on the side. There are no riders visible in the car. The Pasadena Memorial Flagpole (Goodhue Flagpole) is visible behind the car in its original location in the middle of the intersection of Orange Grove and Colorado Boulevard.
Birdeseye view of the Long Beach float with Venus, Virginia Johnson, in a sunburst throne with her attendants, Joan Slaughter, Margaret Burley, Mary Lou Turner and Gladys McCleary, dressed in Grecian robes in pastel shades. A huge peacock heads the float, with a fountain in the center supporting 2 green cockatoos with orchid tails.