Amidst a large sun structure that seemingly floats and features pink and red roses cascading from its center, the 84th Texas Rose Festival officially began Thursday after a ribbon cutting and prayer service at the Rose Garden Center.

Rose Queen Emily Kaye Evans and Duchess Caroline McGinley Bertram welcomed visitors to the festival and spoke about the event’s importance to the community.

“Throughout the years, growing up in the community and watching my family’s involvement, I’ve noticed not only how the festival brings the community together, but I’m also aware of what a tremendous role the heritage of the rose industry has played in establishing Tyler as the Rose Capital of America,” Miss Bertram said.

Evans said she hopes that the festival brings joy to all those who experience it over the next three days.

“It is my sincerest hope that the next three days will be a blessing to you all as we come together and celebrate our community and rose heritage,” Miss Evans said.

Since the festival began in 1933, various ceremonial events have been held to celebrate Tyler’s rose-growing history and appreciation of the rose.

Some of highlights of the festival include the Queen’s Coronation, Rose Show, Rose Parade and Queen’s Tea.

This story will be updated.