Nuggets from Rose Parade Decorating Places and Showcase of Floats, 2017

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Beverly Bliss and Kevin Monroe at Decorating Places
Beverly Bliss and Kevin Monroe at Decorating Places

When an attraction is frequented by more locals than tourists, it’s a sign of a great event. Decorating Places, presented by Giti Tires in the days just preceding the Tournament of Roses Parade, allows fans to see the final floral touches put on the magnificent creations. Showcase of Floats, presented by Miracle-Gro, is where the finished floats are on display immediately after the Rose Parade, and for the following day or two. Both are popular with residents and visitors to the Pasadena area.

We got a few shots at those events in the days just before and after the parade, talked to a couple people, and learned a lot. Check out the gallery below for a glimpse into these two must-do events. More photos to come, with the articles on each float. All the floats at Decorating Places were designed and built by Paradiso Parade Floats.

At the Donate Life float “Teammates in Life,” we spoke with crew chief Kevin Monroe and Beverly Bliss of RTI Donor Services. Monroe, who donated a kidney to his brother Elliott, said, “This is a special float. You won’t see another one like it.” He noted that Donate Life floats, with their floragraphs of deceased organ donors, has been in the Rose Parade for 14  years.

Bryce Hicks, a Tournament of Roses intern, at Decorating Places
Tournament of Roses intern Bryce Hicks at Decorating Places

Bliss has worked with organ and tissue donation for about 30 years, beginning with the Red Cross. She said she “helps out with anything.” Part of her impetus is that when her father passed away years ago, there was no tissue bank outside the Navy in San Diego.

Over at the UPS “Books Bring Us Together” float, we spoke with Bryce Hicks, a junior at nearby Occidental College and an intern for the TOR. The chemistry major said that today was extra work, beyond his usual assignment.

“The Tournament of Roses has been a big part of my childhood,” he said. “I’m going to be working on Parade Ops on parade day,” he said. He will also be involved in the drone flyover for the press, shooing people off the street, and collecting the white suiters’ scooters after the parade. “It’s a good gig. I’m excited.”

 

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Rose Parade 2017 Sweepstakes Trophy returns to Dole, Craftsman won by Netflix

“Soar Beyond Imagination” by Netflix won the Craftsman Trophy in the 2018 Rose Parade. It depicted images from the film The Little Prince.
“Soar Beyond Imagination” by Netflix won the Craftsman Trophy in the 2017 Rose Parade. It depicted images from the film The Little Prince.

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Dole Packaged Foods once again won the Sweepstakes Trophy for “most beautiful entry in parade with outstanding floral presentation and design,” its sixth in seven years of Rose Parade participation. Newcomer Netflix took home the Craftsman Trophy for “exceptional achievement in showmanship and dramatic impact for floats longer than 55 feet” with a two-part creation in the 128th Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 2, 2017, “Echoes of Success.”

Be sure to check out the gallery below for detailed descriptions of flowering and riders.

“Soar Beyond Imagination,” designed by John Ramirez and built by AES, was essentially a promotion for The Little Prince, a family-friendly feature produced for Netflix. The float reflected the charm of the book on which the film was based and the whimsy of the film. The front float

“Spirit of Hawaii” by Dole Packaged Foods won the Sweepstakes Trophy, the sixth for Dole. The volcano shot real 20-foot flames and emitted smoke, and steam, and look closely for the fire Pele holds in her hands.
“Spirit of Hawaii” by Dole Packaged Foods won the Sweepstakes Trophy, the sixth for Dole. The volcano shot real 20-foot flames and emitted smoke, and steam, and look closely for the fire Pele holds in her hands.

presented the Little Prince on his personal planet with his beautiful red rose. The second float is straight from the movie, with the aviator from the book now an aged man, living with his memories. The theme was chosen “because success and imagination are inextricably linked,” Netflix says, “And, of course, you can’t ignore that a main character in The Little Prince is The Rose!”

“Spirit of Hawaii,” like previous Dole Packaged Foods floats, honors the places where Dole products are grown. Many of the materials used in the decoration came from Hawaii, including the fresh leis and head leis for the dancers, drummers, and riders. Designed by Stanley Meyer and built by Fiesta Parade floats, the float celebrated the history and legend of Hawaii with a 10-foot copy of the statue of King Kamehameha, bedecked with fresh leis, and the fire goddess and creator Pele holding flames in her hands. A 28-foot-tall working volcano and several waterfalls, including a 10-foot-wide cascade, created excitement. Unfortunately, the waterworks were not running as it went by camera corner. For more about Dole, including interviews, read “Dole Packaged Foods give employees a taste of Hawaii.”

 

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Where to get tickets and parking for the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade

Just as the sun comes up at the 2017 Rose Parade
Just as the sun comes up at the 2017 Rose Parade

by Laura Berthold Monteros

We have often been told that the Rose Parade makes a difference in people’s lives, from the folks who take a trip to Pasadena to cross an item off their bucket list to the kids who march in the bands. It’s fitting, then that the theme President Lance Tibbet has chosen for the 129th Tournament of Roses Parade is “Making a Difference.” The parade will be held on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Here’s the information you need to get a place in a grandstand for yourself, and a place in a lot for your car.

We’ll be posting information on all the Tournament of Roses events and how to do them between now and December. Subscribe to TheRoseExaminer.com by filling in the box in the upper left to get email notifications.

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Bandfest, Equestfest, Decorating Places, Showcase of Floats for 129th Tournament of Roses

Get up-close shots like this at the Showcase of Floats post-Rose Parade event.
Get up-close shots like this at the Showcase of Floats post-Rose Parade event.

by Laura Berthold Monteros

The Tournament of Roses is not one day out of the year. America’s New Year Celebration goes on for an entire week. Pre-parade float viewing, field shows featuring the marching bands, an arena show with equestrians, and post-parade float viewing offer something for everyone. “Making a Difference” is the theme for the 129th Tournament of Roses. The central events, the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game, are held on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

There are also local events such as Live On Green at the Pasadena Convention Center and fun for the children at KidSpace in Brookside Park. We’ll be posting information on all the Tournament of Roses events and how to do them between now and December. Subscribe to TheRoseExaminer.com by filling in the box in the upper left to get email notifications.

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Cal Poly, Miracle-Gro win trophies with California Grown florals in 2017 Rose Parade

Miracle-Gro “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” won the Queen’s Trophy f or Most Effective Use and Display of Roses in Concept, Design and Presentation in the 2017 Rose Parade. It was designed by Stan Meyer and built by Fiesta Parade Floats. Four former Rose Queens were aboard. Copyright 2017 Ramona Monteros

 

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Two award-winning floats in the 128th Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1 were covered in flowers and other materials grown right here in California. The two floats, representing Cal Poly Universities and Scott’s Miracle-Gro, have strong ties to California. Both received California Grown certification (more about that in an upcoming article). All the Miracle-Gro riders are also California Grown, and the Cal Poly float is built by the two Cal Poly Universities in San Luis Obispo and Pomona.

For more about the flowering, read the captions in the photo gallery.

Cal Poly “A New Leaf” won the Founders' Trophy for Most Beautiful Float Built and Decorated by Volunteers from a Community Organization in the 2017 Rose Parade. The family of chameleons reflects the theme “Echoes of Success” in the support Cal Poly families give their students.
Cal Poly “A New Leaf” won the Founders’ Trophy for Most Beautiful Float Built and Decorated by Volunteers from a Community Organization in the 2017 Rose Parade. The family of chameleons reflects the theme “Echoes of Success” in the support Cal Poly families give their students.

“Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” another stunningly beautiful float from Miracle-Gro, fittingly  won the Queen’s Trophy for Most Effective Use and Display of Roses in Concept, Design and Presentation with four former Rose Queens in a Cinderella carriage pulled by a flock of monarch butterflies. It was the 50th Rose Parade anniversary for Barbara Laughray Boyd (1967), who was joined by Aliya Coher (1995), Mary McCluggage (2007), and Madison E. Triplett (2015). DIY personality Ty Pennington was the coachman. Read more about each one on the Miracle-Gro Rose Parade site. The float was designed by Stan Meyer and built by Fiesta Parade Floats.

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Marching bands for the 2018 Rose Parade announced

University of Southern California Trojan Band in the 2017 Rose Parade. Copyright Ramona Monteros.
University of Southern California Trojan Band in the 2017 Rose Parade. Copyright Ramona Monteros.

by Laura Berthold Monteros 

Tournament of Roses President Lance Tibbet announced the 20 marching bands that have been chosen to make the 5½ mile trek along the 129th Rose Parade route on Jan. 1, 2018. Besides the bands listed below, the two universities that play in the 104th Rose Bowl Game will appear. The theme for 2018 festivities is “Making a Difference,” something that music does every day for the young people who participate.

In addition to the parade, the bands will perform field shows at Bandfest, a two-day three-performance event that is a must-see for band geeks. Tickets are available at Sharp Seating for $15 per performance. Children under age 5 are free. Other than the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band, each unit performs in only one show. The lineup will be announced later in the year.

Four bands have a standing invitation to the Rose Parade: Los Angeles Unified School District All Continue reading “Marching bands for the 2018 Rose Parade announced”

California Milk Advisory Board celebrates 200+ years of dairy farming with 2017 Rose Parade float

“Legacy of Generations” sponsored by the California Milk Advisory Board honored the two-century heritage of dairy farming in the Golden State. Many of the decoration materials on the California Milk Advisory Board float represent the food dairy farm families feed their dairy cows. Cows consume food byproducts (citrus pulp, almond hulls, corn stalks), which not only keeps them out of landfills, but is turned by cows into nutritious milk. Ground almond hulls, walnut shells, whole barley, flax seed and oats are used. Many of the materials on the float represent the food dairy farm families feed their dairy cows, byproducts such as citrus pulp, almond hulls, walnut shells, whole barley, flax seed and cottonseed, oats, and corn stalks.

 

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Quick! Which state is Number One in dairy production? Wisconsin? Texas? How about Minnesota? Nope. The top dairy state is also home to the Tournament of Roses. California produces almost 50 percent more milk with 40 percent more cows than the next state. California produced enough milk in 2015 to fill the Rose Bowl Stadium 58 times.

“Legacy of Generations,” sponsored by the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), celebrated more than 200 years of dairy farming and families in the 128th Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 2, 2017. The float, a confection of ice cream, milk, yogurt, and cheese in flowers, was designed by Art Aguirre and built by Fiesta Parade Floats. Riders were from multi-generational dairy families representing more than 1,300 dairy farm families in the state, families which own and operate 99 percent of the dairy farms in the Golden State. With one in five cows in the United States residing in California, a Holstein graced her very own satellite float.

We spoke with some of the riders who were present at the California Grown presentation at Fiesta Parade Floats on Jan. 1. More about the presentation, which honors Rose Parade entries that use at least 85 percent California grown flowers, in a later article. For now, we will focus on these folks who provide milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, and all kinds of dairy products to California and the nation. There are short videos of some of them on the CMAB website. (Scroll down a bit.)

Photos of the California Milk Advistory Board float are in the gallery below, with descriptions of the materials used.

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