From the website of Pasadena Celebrates 2020

The Celebration

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women the Right to Vote. This centennial offers an exceptional and unprecedented opportunity to commemorate this political victory and to remember that this victory was won by a 72-year long struggle and campaign for the vote. In addition, this centennial honors and pays tribute to those women (and men) and to the great cause to which they were dedicated. This groundbreaking Constitutional amendment not only expanded our democracy to include all women, but also protects women’s right to vote.

The 19th Amendment: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

Years Of Hope. Years Of Courage.

The Women’s Suffrage Movement was a long and difficult struggle–from the first declaration of the demand for the right to vote in Seneca Falls, NY, in 1848 to the final ratification of the 19th amendment on August 26, 1920. The driving forces of this 72-year campaign were justice and hope. Justice for the cause of equality and the American promise of liberty and justice for all.

About The Celebration

Pasadena Celebrates 2020, this important Centennial, not only for its history but also for the present and future which this Amendment guarantees — the Right to Vote. We want to create a Centennial year where the story of the Suffrage Movement is revealed and those courageous and committed suffragists are brought out of invisibility.


Pasadena Celebrates 2020 is in a unique position to kick off this Centennial year with a float in the Tournament of Roses parade on January 1, 2020, a parade seen round the world. The Float’s theme is Years of Hope. Years of Courage; it will portray the long history to win the right to vote and its cardinal figures. Floats and parades were a major hallmark of how women brought attention to their cause. Parades were held in both large cities and small towns; suffrage floats were dramatic and stunning, featuring floral displays, art, and the constant demand for the Right to Vote. Our 2020 Float and presence in the Tournament of Roses Parade continues that tradition and illuminates this victory of equality.

Rendering of the Suffrage Centennial float: