The event began with the seating of the Royal Court, Princesses Lauren Baydaline, Ashley Hackett, Helen Rossi, Rucha Kadam, Sherry Ma, Micaela McElrath and Rose Queen Louise Siskel.
Interim chair of the Chamber Board Justin Tsui of TeamLogic IT introduced Freeny, president of the Tournament of Roses for 2019. Freeny began Tournament service as a volunteer in 1988. His community involvement has included serving as San Gabriel Valley chapter president of NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Professionals), service on the Pasadena Police Foundation Board, YMCA Board, Black Support Group for Cal State Los Angeles and involvement with Toastmasters, the Pasadena NAACP, the Urban League Board of Governors and the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation and its Rose Bowl Museum Committee. Freeny grew up in the area and attended Pasadena Christian School and John Muir High School as well as Cal State L.A.