Texas Rose Festival, Rose Parade and Rose Museum
Welcome to Tyler ...
"The Rose Capital of America”!
The rose industry has been a major industry in the Tyler area for decades. Located adjacent to the famous Tyler Rose Garden is the Tyler Rose Museum, which showcases and documents the history of the annual Texas Rose Festival.
2016 Texas Rose Festival Theme, Queen and Duchess
The 83rd Texas Rose Festival will be held on October 13 - 16, 2016, with “Museum of the Majestic” as its theme. The 2016 Rose Festival queen and members of her court were announced at the 24th Annual Winter Gala on Saturday, January 9, 2016, at the Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler.
Historic postcard ... "Greetings from the Tyler Texas Rose Festival"
Mallory Kristine Curtis, will reign as the the 2016 Texas Rose Festival Queen.
The 2016 Duchess of the Texas Rose Festival will be Mary Birdsong Gabriel.
The 82nd Texas Rose Festival was held on October 15 - 18, 2015, with “Royalty of the Under Water Realm” as its theme. Madeline Shirley Wynne, reigned as the the 2015 Texas Rose Festival Queen, and Anna Gray Buckley as Duchess.
The Rose Festival activities include the queen's coronation at the Cowan Center and the Rose Parade on Saturday.
2016 Texas Rose Festival Schedule of Events
Shown below are highlights of the many events scheduled as part of the 2016 festival. Note: times are preliminary; contact the Rose Festival for details.
|October 13||10:00 am||Ribbon Cutting
Tyler Rose Garden Center
|October 13||10:30 am||Morning Prayer Service
Tyler Rose Garden Center
|October 14||11:30 am||Ladies' Luncheon|
|October 14||2:00pm and 7:00 pm||Coronation of Queen
Cowan Center at the UT-Tyler
|October 15||9:00 am||Rose Parade
Free parade viewing along route, seats available on west side of Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium
|October 15||1:00-3:00 p.m.||Queen's Tea
Tyler Rose Garden, Queen's Court
In addition to the coronation and parade, an arts and crafts fair, floral shows, garden tours, and many more activities attract thousands of visitors annually to Tyler for this spectacular event. The annual rose show is free and open to the public.
For more detailed information about events, schedules, locations, and tickets, we recommend a visit the official website of the Texas Rose Festival.
2016 Texas Rose Parade
Float in the Texas Rose Parade in Tyler
The Texas Rose Parade will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 9 a.m. The parade will assemble at Front Street and Glenwood Boulevard, and then follow a route west on Front Street, through the East Texas State Fairgrounds and end inside Rose Stadium.
There is free parade viewing along the route, and seats are available on the west side of Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
The parade features floats, marching bands, walking groups, drill teams, mounted horse clubs, vintage cars, and of course the queen and her court!
In the earlier years of the parade, rose growers supplied hundreds of dozens of rose blooms, and garden clubs worked through the night before the parade to decorate floats using the roses. Today, rose growers still offer blooms and volunteers still help decorate floats with live roses.
Texas Rose Festival History
The Texas Rose Queen
The festival is a celebration of the rose industry that thrives in Tyler. Seven Tyler-area companies process and distribute several million roses each year, making the city deserving of its “Rose Capital” title. About 75% of all roses in the country are handled in Tyler.
The first Tyler Rose Festival was organized by Tyler Garden Club members, local rose growers and the Chamber of Commerce in October 1933 to showcase the importance of the rose industry to Tyler.
The theme of the event was "Festival Fairyland", and included a parade, rose queen's coronation and a rose show.
The first festival was a success, and the decision was made to continue the event, and the 1934 festival had as its theme "A Garden in Venice".
The annual event was renamed the Texas Rose Festival during the Texas Centennial in 1936.
Tyler Rose Museum
Located on the grounds of the Tyler Rose Garden, and across the street from the Harvey Convention Center, is the 7,500 sqft Tyler Rose Museum.
The museum is run by a nonprofit organization operated with private donations. Its purpose is to showcase the rich history and tradition of Tyler, the rose industry and the Rose Festival.
The Tyler Rose Museum
Opened in 1992, it been visited by over 300,000 people, and is a major tourist attraction in Tyler. The Rose Museum tells the story of the hardships and successes of the rose-growing industry, and the elegance and tradition of the Rose Festival.
The museum features a large collection of photographs, videos, audio, music, newspaper clippings, rose memorabilia, and of course the jeweled festival costumes, which are changed quarterly.
A gift shop is located adjacent to the museum. Stairs and an elevator for the handicapped take visitors down one level to the Tyler Rose Garden.
The museum is located at 420 Rose Park Drive. For details and hours, call the museum at 903.597.3130. A small entrance fee is required.
Map to the Tyler Rose Museum (Courtesy of Google Maps)
Tyler Municipal Rose Garden
All-America Rose selections in the Tyler Texas Rose Garden
Established in 1952, the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden is the nation's largest rose garden, spanning 14 acres. The gardens include over 38,000 rose bushes and over 600 different varieties, as well as reflecting pools, walkways and fountains.
The Rose Garden is open from dawn until dark, seven days a week. Admission is free.
It is one of 24 All American Rose Selection (AARS) test gardens in the country, and also includes a unique Idea Garden created and maintained by the Smith County Master Gardeners.
|Tyler Rose Garden, photos, map|
Where to Buy Cut Roses in Tyler
We love to buy cut roses in Tyler ... our favorite vendor is available most any day from spring to fall.
For years, she sold her roses from her van parked in the corner of the parking lot at Brookshire's on South Broadway Avenue and Rice Road. Today, she sells out of her van parked in the French Quarter Shopping Center, at the corner of Loop 323 and Broadway, near Einstein Brothers Bagels.
She has many different roses to choose from, they are inexpensive, and they last for days! Highly recommended!
Photographs of the Texas Rose Festival over the Years
Open-air convertible with dignitaries in the Texas Rose Festival parade
Band marching in the Texas Rose Festival parade in Tyler
Float in the Texas Rose Festival parade in downtown Tyler
Texas Rose Festival parade in downtown Tyler
Rose Garden, Tyler
Arch way in the Tyler, Texas Rose Garden
Historic Postcards of Tyler Roses
Entrance to the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden, Tyler, Texas
Greetings from the Tyler, Texas Rose Festival