Flowers 4 the Float

The Nurses' Float
Celebrate and Honor All Nurses
at the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade®

Sally BixbyMeet Sally M. Bixby

Sally Bixby, President

Sally Bixby is the first nurse to hold the office of President of the Tournament of Roses & Rose Bowl Game. Her presidency runs from January 19, 2012 through January 19, 2013. She is the first nurse and only the second woman to hold this prestigious position of this international event.

Sally Bixby, RN has been a volunteer of the Tournament of Roses Association      since 1989. She will serve as president for the 2013 Tournament of Roses, providing leadership for the 124th Rose Parade and the 99th Rose Bowl Game on January 1, 2013. Throughout her extensive tournament career, Bixby has served on various committees and was chairman of three of them including Queen and Court, Decorating Places and the Host Committee before being elected to the Executive Committee in 2005.

Sally’s nursing career spans many decades and prior to retiring to fulfill her tournament duties Bixby was the Director of Surgical Services at the City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte.  Bixby is a board member for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation.  She has been a board member for the Wellness Community Foothills and is an Executive Committee member and Treasurer for the Association of Operating Room Nurses, Los Angeles Chapter. She is also a member of the San Marino League, Women of Pasadena, the Operating Room Nursing Council of California, the Association of California Nurse Leaders, the Association of Nurse Executives, the American Nurses Association of California and the American Nurses Association.

A Pasadena native, Bixby is the daughter of Herb and Betty Maas. She attended Pasadena public schools through high school. She earned her R.N. from Pasadena City College and her Bachelors of Science and Master of Science in Health Care Administration from California State University, Los Angeles. She and her husband Harlan have three children, Hayden, Ryan and Parker, and six grandchildren, Evan, Quinn, McKenna, Madeline, Parker and Duncan. Bixby enjoys biking, golf, gardening and cooking.

Sally was honored and humbled when she was told of the idea to deliver to her parade a Float for Nurses. She is involved in every step of the process and wehave her 100% support. Let's make Sally shine as the second woman president of the rose parade and the FIRST nurse—knowing that behind her presidential carriage is a float that represents the profession that has been so important to her.

Parade Theme PosterJanuary 19, 2012: 
Sally becomes President of the Tournament of Roses and announced the theme of her parade-Oh the Places you’ll Go!


Dr. Jane GoodallApril 25, 2012:                      

Sally Bixby RN announces the Grand Marshall—Dr. Jane Goodall.

In a press release Bixby said, “We selected our theme, ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’ with Dr. Goodall in mind as Grand Marshal,” said Tournament of Roses President Sally Bixby. “The theme can be interpreted as a celebration of accomplishment, discovery and travel of course, but equally valid is its implicit call to action.
We think Dr. Goodall’s life story is a testament to the sense of adventure and openness to possibility that this phrase suggests: As a young woman, she defied convention to follow her dreams, and she has committed herself to a life of global citizenship, inspiring children and adults alike along the way. 2013 will be the 53rd anniversary of her field study of the Gombe chimpanzees. I can think of no one whose life has better exemplified our theme and message than Dr. Jane Goodall. Dr. Goodall is now an international icon, but it is her passion for      discovery and how she has used her celebrity for the betterment of the world that has drawn us to her.”

To learn more read the entire press release.


Jane Goodall and Sally BixbyJanuary 1, 2013: 

Sally Bixby and Jane Goodall on Parade Day

Sally Bixby reigned supreme as the 124th President of the Tournament of Roses. It was a lovely parade. The crowds responded to Jane Goodall as her presence was such an addition to this wonderful parade.