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Rose Parade has its queen, and she's from Arcadia

October 20, 2009 | 12:40 pm


The Pasadena Tournament of Roses announced today the 92nd Rose Queen, culminating a monthlong process in which more than 1,000 Pasadena-area girls and young women tried out.

Seven were chosen last week to be part of the royal court, and Natalie Anne Innocenzi, 16, was picked from among them to be the queen.

The court members will take part in about 150 community and media functions between now and the Jan. 1 Rose Parade, where they will reign over the New Year’s Day festivities and ride on the Macy’s float, said tournament spokeswoman Vanessa Flores.

Innocenzi, 16, of Arcadia, is a senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. The remaining court is made up of six princesses: Katherine Margarita Hernández, 18; June Ko, 17; Lauren Samantha Rogers, 17; Kinsey Elizabeth Stuart, 18; Ashley Renee Thaxton, 17; and Michelle Louise Van Wyk, 17. Innocenzi will be crowned by Tournament of Roses Acting President Jeff Throop at the Nov. 4 coronation ceremony at the Pasadena Convention Center

-- Raja Abdulrahim

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