This year Rose Sunday included participation and attendance by Mayor Barbara Bass, representatives from the American Rose Society and members of the Texas Rose Festival Association.
"The roses look so good," said Rose Queen Haley Anderson, who helped ring in the season. "It's really exciting."
For members of the Rose Garden staff, who work to maintain and tend the 14-acre Rose Garden, the event means the beginning of an annual season that stretches into the fall.
Tim Alexander, who served as master of ceremonies, noted that Rose Sunday commemorates more than just the flowers growth.
"We're really here to celebrate the arrival of spring," he said. "We're here to celebrate our young people."
Alexander, president of the Texas Rose Festival, applauded the efforts of all those who help keep Tyler's garden the largest in the southwest United States.
"The City of Tyler had given us an excellent gift," he said of the garden. "It's one of the most beautiful gardens in the world."
Mayor Bass, said Tyler residents should take pride in the garden and what it means for the city.
"It is the crown jewel of Tyler, Texas," she said. "Let's showcase Tyler in a way it's never been showcased before."
The choir rang out the Broadway musical number "Everything's Coming up Roses" to a captivated audience.
Dr. Allison Thompson delivered a invocation to start Sunday's event after a short speech.
She said Tyler residents should take time to appreciate the garden, not only for its beauty as the plants flower and bloom from now until the year's first frost in the fall, but for what it represents of the city's heritage.
There are roses in the garden more than 100 years old, she said. Its important people realize that past, she said.
"You are part of a long and wonderful history," she said to the audience.