3 Rose Parade Deco Week photo galleries—self-builts, AES, Phoenix, Fiesta

South Pasadena does not have a float barn, and builds the float under the only concrete bridge designed by architects Charles and Henry Greene.

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Your Rose Examiner spent three consecutive days walking the float barns, and came back with tons of photos. For these galleries, I’ve chosen one of each float, shots I particularly like, just to give a flavor of the process and introduce readers to the floats that will glide along the Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1, 2020.

The barns and decorating sites were pretty packed and the decorators were working furiously to get the dry dec on. I managed to fit in two conversations, one with Erik C. Andersen and Linda Cozakos at Burbank Tournament of Roses Association., and one with Harry Gill and Minu Singh at the Sikh American float in the Phoenix Decorating Company barn, which can be read here.

Photos in Gallery A were taken on Dec. 28 and 29, and include AES and five self-built floats (we didn’t go down to the Downey float barn). Gallery B was taken on Dec. 30 at Phoenix Decorating Company. Gallery C was also taken on Dec. 30, at Fiesta Parade Floats.

 

Deco Week Gallery A

Sierra Madre Rose Float Assn., La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn., AES, Cal Poly Universities, South Pasadena Rose Float Assn., Burbank Rose Float Assn.

Deco Week Gallery B

Phoenix Decorating Company

Deco Week Gallery C

Fiesta Parade Floats

2020 Rose Parade order of march

131st Tournament of Roses Parade opening float

by Laura Berthold Monteros

The 131st Tournament of Roses is packed with 90 entries, including bands, equestrians, opening and closing shows, a special mid-point Frozen extravaganza, and of course, flower-covered floats. The parade starts at 8 a.m. sharp on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. The order is subject to changes, but for now, this is what it is.

For those wondering about the floats that missed the cameras in the 2019 Rose Parade due to being behind the rather spectacular breakdown of the Chinese American Heritage Foundation float, they are back, and closer to the front in the 2020 parade. Underground Service Alert (DigAlert) has moved from 87 to 16 and South Pasadena Tournament of Roses is at 42, up from 85. It is hoped that being at that fortuitous number will ensure smooth sailing, even though the float is still behind CAHF, which is number 20.

For more about the Rose Parade and information about all the events between now and Jan. 3, check out these links:

2020 Tournament of Roses main page

2020 Rose Parade main page

INSIDER’S GUIDE TO THE 2020 TOURNAMENT OF ROSES

131ST TOURNAMENT OF ROSES CALENDAR

 

Order of March, 131st Tournament of Roses Parade

1. Rose Parade Opening Spectacular: Ally Brooke, Emilio Estefan, Farruko and the Chino Hills High School Drumline
2. U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit flyover
3. Honda float, Our Hope for the Future
4. United States Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard
5. United States Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band
6. Cal Poly Universities float, Aquatic Aspirations
7. Arabian Horse Association
8. General Society of Mayflower Descendants float, The Voyage of Hope – 1620
9. Rancho Verde Crimson Regiment
10. Burbank Tournament of Roses Association float, Rise Up
11. Grand Marshals Laurie Hernandez, Rita Moreno and Gina Torres
12. Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee float, Hope Connects the World
13. Japan Honor Green Band
14. Downey Rose Float Association float, On the Wings of Hope
15. Blue Shadows Mounted Drill Team
16. Underground Service Alert of Southern California float, The Power of Safety FIRST
17. The PRIDE of Owasso Marching Band
18. Chipotle Mexican Grill float, Cultivating the Future of Farming
19. 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment
20. Chinese American Heritage Foundation float, American Heroes
21. Helsingør Pigegarde (Elsinore Girls Marching Band)
22. Lutheran Laymen’s League float, Anchored in Jesus
23. Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Herald Trumpets
24. Royal Court
25. Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band
26. Pasadena Celebrates 2020 float, Years of Hope. Years of Courage.
27. Mayor of Pasadena Terry Tornek and the Express Clydesdales
28. Rose Bowl Game, University Float A
29. Rose Bowl Game: University Band A
30. AIDS Healthcare Foundation float, Hope for the Homeless
31. Aguiluchos Marching Band
32. Westcom Credit Union, Better Together float: Hope Creates Community
33. Horsewomen of Temecula Wine Country
34. Trader Joe’s float, It Takes a Flight of Fancy
35. Baldwinsville Marching Bees
36. Northwestern Mutual float, Spend Your Life Living
37. Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Class of 2019: Eddie Casey, Cornelius Greene, Matt Leinart and Jacque Robinson
38. Rose Bowl Game, University Float B
39. Rose Bowl Game, University Band B
40. Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens float, Cultivating Curiosity
41. Banda Municipal de Zarcero
42. South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, Victory at Last
43. 2020 Tournament of Roses President Laura Farber
44. Alhambra Unified School District Marching Band
45. City of Alhambra float, Hope Keeps Us Going
46. Los Hermanos Bañuelos Charro Team
47. La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association float, Dodo Bird Flight School
48. Mid-parade Performance: Disney’s “Frozen” Broadway musical
49. The Valley Hunt Club
50. The UPS Store float, Stories Change Our World
51. 2020 Tournament of Roses Honored Guests: Jaime Jarrín, Sonia Manzano and Ellen Ochoa
52. Sikh American Float Foundation float, Planting Seeds of Hope
53. Greendale High School Marching Band
54. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day float, Plant a Garden … Believe in Tomorrow
55. Mid America Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team
56. Odd Fellows and Rebekahs float, First Responders Bring Hope
57. Pearland High School Marching Band
58. The SCAN Foundation float, Hope’s Heroes: Honoring Caregivers of All Generations
59. Mini Therapy Horses
60. Shriners Hospitals for Children float, Hope Knows No Limits
61. Centenaria Banda Colegial
62. Sierra Madre Rose Float Association, Ka lā hiki ola (The Dawning of a New Day)
63. Budweiser Clydesdales
64. Dole Packaged Foods float, Sunshine for All
65. Kamehameha Warrior Marching Band and Color Guard
66. City of Torrance / Torrance Rose Float Association float, Our Garden of Hope and Dreams
67. Scripps Miramar Ranch (equestrian unit)
68. Western Asset Management float, Growing a Better Tomorrow
69. Southern University “Human Jukebox” Marching Band
70. Kaiser Permanente float, Courage to Reimagine
71. Knott’s Berry Farm (equestrian unit)
72. Kiwanis International float, Soaring with Hope
73. The Cowboy Channel’s Rodeo New York Gold Buckle Brigade
74. The Cowboy Channel float, Walk. Ride. Rodeo.
75. Dobyns-Bennett High School Marching Band
76. Amazon Studios float, Troop Zero
77. Banda El Salvador: Grando Como Su Gente
78. Lions Clubs International float, Hope for 2020
79. Buffalo Soldier Mounted Cavalry Unit
80. Blue Diamond Growers float, Almond Breeze, The Best Almonds Make the Best Almond Milk
81. West Harrison Hurricane Band
82. City of Hope float, City of Hope
83. The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band
84. Donate Life float, Light in the Darkness
85. Spirit of the West Riders
86. Farmers Insurance float, Conveyor of Hope
87. Los Angeles Unified School District, All District High School Honor Band
88. China Airlines float, Dreams of Flying, Wings of Hope
89. Painted Ladies Rodeo Performers
90. Closing Show: “Where Flowers and Football Meet!” featuring Los Lobos and Alejandro Aranda

Photos: 24 award-winning floats in the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade

“Spend Your Life Living” in the S.S. Elephie by Northwestern Mutual won the Bob Hope Humor Award

by Laura Berthold Monteros

In anticipation of the upcoming 131st Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1, 2020, The Rose Examiner has put together a collection of photos of the award-winning floats that glided along the Rose Parade route in 2019. Take a look at the stunning and gorgeous creations that won in 24 contests.

We’ve split the photos into two galleries to avoid overwhelming our readers. Each photo is captioned with its award, sponsor, title, builder, and designer. Comments on the winners and descriptions of the awards in table form are in the article “Rose Parade 2019 float awards; The UPS Store takes Sweepstakes.”

All photos are copyrighted; contact The Rose Examiner  for permissions.

Gallery A: Sweepstakes and Float Design categories

Gallery B: Entertainment Value and Floral Design categories

List of floats in the 2020 Rose Parade with titles, builders, designers

Chinese American Heritage Foundation 2020 Rose Parade Float

The Chinese American Heritage Foundation returns to the Rose Parade with a tribute to WWII Congressional Gold Medal honorees.

 

by Laura Berthold Monteros

As promised, here is the most complete public listing of the floats that will appear in the 131st Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1, 2020. The chart below lists the sponsor, title, builder, and designer for each of the 42 floats. The awards presented in 2019 are also noted.

New sponsors this year are General Society of Mayflower Descendants, celebrating 400 years since Plymouth Rock; Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, for its centennial; Pasadena Celebrates 2020, the centennial of the 19th Amendment; The Cowboy Channel, to promote its upcoming rodeo in Madison Square Garden; The SCAN Foundation; and Wescom Credit Union. Long-time sponsors who were in the 2019 parade are all returning, but still absent are Lucy Pet, Miracle-Gro, Singpoli, and the City of Los Angeles. Also missing are 24 Hour Fitness and the American Armenian Rose Float Association.

There are 39 sponsored entries, six of them self-built, and three Tournament of Roses entries, including the Royal Court float and two floats for the schools playing in the 106th Rose Bowl Game. Phoenix decorating company tops the numbers with 18 floats, followed by Fiesta with 11 and AES with five, seven if they build the team floats, which they have done in the past.

The most prolific designer is Michelle Lofthouse of Phoenix Decorating, with 18 entries. Sometimes, designers cross boundaries and create concepts for more than one commercial builder, but this year, they break down by company: AES, John Ramirez (4); Fiesta, Michael Abboud (4), Stanley Meyer (3), Art Aguirre (2), Charles Meier (2); Phoenix, Michelle Lofthouse (17), Rachel Lofthouse (3).

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131st Tournament of Roses Parade Floats

Sponsor Title Builder Designer 2019 Award
AIDS Healthcare Foundation “Hope for the Homeless” Fiesta Parade Floats Art Aguirre
Amazon Studios “Troop Zero” AES John Ramirez
American Honda Motor Company “Our Hope for the Future” AES John Ramirez
Blue Diamond Almonds “The Best Almonds Make the Best Almondmilk” AES John Ramirez
Burbank Tournament of Roses Association “Rise Up” Self-Built Lisa Long Animation
Cal Poly Universities “Aquatic Aspirations” Self-Built Student designed Extraordinaire
China Airlines “Dreams of Flying, Wings of Hope” AES John Ramirez International
Chinese American Heritage Foundation (CAHF) “American Heroes” Fiesta Parade Floats Mike Abboud
Chipotle Mexican Grill “Cultivate the Future of Farming” Fiesta Parade Floats Mike Abboud
City of Alhambra, CA “Hope Keeps Us Going” Phoenix Decorating Company Michelle Lofthouse Princess
City of Hope “City of Hope” Phoenix Decorating Company Michelle Lofthouse President
City of Torrance “Our Garden of Hope and Dreams” Fiesta Parade Floats Art Aguirre Tournament Volunteer
Dole Packaged Foods “Sunshine for All” Fiesta Parade Floats Mike Abboud Wrigley Legacy
Donate Life “Light in the Darkness” Fiesta Parade Floats Charles Meier Judges
Downey Rose Float Association “On the Wings of Hope” Self-Built Thom Neighbors, Carrie Redfox
Farmers Insurance “Conveyor of Hope” Phoenix Decorating Company Rachel Lofthouse Queen
General Society of Mayflower Descendants “The Voyage of Hope – 1620” Fiesta Parade Floats Mike Abboud
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens “Cultivating Curiosity” Phoenix Decorating Company Michelle Lofthouse
Kaiser Permanente “Courage to Reimagine” Fiesta Parade Floats Stanley Meyer
Kiwanis International “Soaring with Hope” Phoenix Decorating Company Michelle Lofthouse
La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association “Dodo Bird Flight School” Self-Built Ted Baumgart, Grant Delgatty Founder
Lions Clubs International “Hope for 2020” Phoenix Decorating Company Michelle Lofthouse
Lutheran Laymen’s League “Anchored in Jesus” Phoenix Decorating Company Michelle Lofthouse
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day “Plant a Garden…Believe in Tomorrow” Phoenix Decorating Company Michelle Lofthouse Americana
Northwestern Mutual “Spend Your Life Living” Fiesta Parade Floats Stanley Meyer Bob Hope Humor
Odd Fellows Rebekahs Rose Float “First Responders Bring Hope” Phoenix Decorating Company Michelle Lofthouse
Pasadena Celebrates 2020 “Years of Hope, Years  of Courage” AES AES
Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee “Hope Connects the World” Phoenix Decorating Company Michelle Lofthouse
Shriners Hospitals for Children “Hope Knows No Limits” Phoenix Decorating Company Rachel Lofthouse Theme
Sierra Madre Rose Float Association “Ka lā hiki ola” Self-Built Jason Redfox Director
Sikh American Float Foundation “Planting Seeds of Hope” Phoenix Decorating Company Michelle Lofthouse Isabella Coleman
South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association “Victory at Last” Self-Built Michael Mera Mayor
The Cowboy Channel “Walk Ride Rodeo” Phoenix Decorating Company Rachel Lofthouse
The SCAN Foundation “Hope’s Heroes” Phoenix Decorating Company Michelle Lofthouse
The UPS Store, Inc. “Stories Change Our World” Fiesta Parade Floats Charles Meier Sweepstakes
Tournament of Roses 2020 Royal Court Phoenix Decorating Company Preston Bailey
Tournament of Roses Rose Bowl Game Team: University of Oregon N/A N/A
Tournament of Roses Rose Bowl Game Team: University of Wisconsin N/A N/A
Trader Joe’s “It Takes a Flight of Fancy” Phoenix Decorating Company Michelle Lofthouse Crown City Innovator
Underground Service Alert of Southern California (DIGALERT) “The Power of Safety FIRST” Fiesta Parade Floats Stanley Meyer Past President
Wescom Credit Union “Better Together: Hope Creates Community” Phoenix Decorating Company Michelle Lofthouse
Western Asset Management Company “Growing a Better Tomorrow” Phoenix Decorating Company Michelle Lofthouse Fantasy

Royal Court opens Pasadena Visitors Hotline for 2020 Tournament of Roses

Tournament of Roses President Laura Farber surrounded by the Royal Court: Princesses Rukan Saif, Mia Thorsen, Emilie Risha, Queen Camille Kennedy, Princesses Reese Rosental Saporito, Michael Wilkins, Cole Fox

by Laura Berthold Monteros

With a snip of oversized goldens scissors, Rose Queen Camille Kennedy and the Tournament of Roses Royal Court opened the 36th Annual Visitors Hotline phone bank on Dec.11, two weeks earlier than usual. The Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts the hotline to provide fast and accurate information about the 131st Rose Parade, 106th Rose Bowl Game, and the City of Pasadena.

Christine Susa, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Pasadena Convention and Visitors Center, told The Rose Examiner that the earlier calls are “less hectic” and more about hotels and the Rose Bowl Game teams than those that come after Christmas. “It’s more, ‘We just got our tickets, now what,” she said.

Lined up behind the wide red ribbon, the girls on the court grinned widely when Queen Camille cut the ribbon to officially open the hotline. Each station has a phone and bound book with all—or at least most—of the information volunteers need to help visitors to the 131st Tournament of Roses. The phones started ringing immediately, but we had a little time between calls to speak with the young women. One thing that is evident in watching and talking with this court is the way they enjoy each other. There was a lot of laughter this morning. Be sure to check out the gallery below!

College dreams and special birthdays

We started with Princess Reese Rosental Saporito, the youngest and tallest member of the Royal Court.

“She just turned 17 yesterday,” Queen Camille piped up. Reese said that she “doesn’t feel super different;” after all, she isn’t heads above the others (nor very much younger, though Dec. 31 is the deadline for Royal Court members to be at least 17.). She did acknowledge that sometimes she has to squat a bit for photos.

Camille has a birthday of her own coming up. She will turn 18 on Dec. 22. While she had traditional birthday celebrations growing up, despite being so close to Christmas, her last two birthdays were in Tokyo with her host family. They went out for sushi, then came home to traditional Japanese cakes. They’re very small, she said, each slice is a quarter of the cake.

We asked Princess Rukan Saif about her application to Yale College. (A disclaimer here, one of the offspring of The Rose Examiner attended Yale.) She said she will hear on Monday. She plans on studying history with an eye to law school and a professorship.

“All of us are finding out very soon,” she said, sounding pretty excited about it.

Princess Mia Thorsen is also waiting to hear from the many colleges to which she has applied. Her first choice is Brown University in Providence. Princess Emilie Risha said she had applied to schools in California, and has already been accepted to Saint Mary’s College of California in the Bay Area, and has received the highly competitive Presidential Scholarship.

Covering all her bases for the Rose Bowl Game, Princess Cole Fox has been accepted to the University of Oregon and is waiting to hear from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Ducks and Badgers will face off in the 2020 Rose Bowl Game. Cole applied to colleges all over the country that have outstanding biology programs, in preparation for going to med school.

“I’m open to whichever school has the best opportunities,” she said.

We asked Princess Michael Wilkins if she was a celebrity at her school. “I get a few ‘Hey, Princesses,’” she said, and sometimes applause when she enters a classroom. She says she and her parents talk about her role on the court all the time.

Both Reese and Mia attend Marshall Fundamental High School in Pasadena, and shared that they get have fun together after school. Reese reminded us that the last princess from Marshall was Queen Madison Triplett in 2015. In honor of the two, the school is putting up a display in the hall. The official Tournament of Roses photos have just been sent over for the display.

“It’s exciting,” Reese said. “It’s a special experience for the school and for us.”

An innovative president

Laura Farber has expanded the boundaries of the Rose Parade. Her tenure has seen the inclusion of more women and Latinos than in the past, matching the diversity of the Pasadena area and the Tournament of Roses Association, and she has added a brand-new half-time show to the parade.

“It’s the largest international stage that exists,” she said in her introductory remarks. “This year is really spectacular,”  It’s the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote in federal elections, and a woman will pilot the B-2 in its flyover.

We asked her about the half-time show, “Frozen 2,” which will occur at the mid-point in the parade. Some followers of our Facebook page, All Things Rose Parade, have expressed concerns that the show will only perform for the video cameras on Orange Grove and Colorado.

“It’s been off-the-charts positive,” she replied. The performance will continue all along the parade route, not just for the cameras. “We want to give everyone a treat.”

“We’re trying to appeal to a broader audience,” she added, to balance the traditional and the innovative. “We have something for everybody, to appeal to everybody.”

In addition to Farber, officials attending were Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek and Vice-Mayor Tyron Hampton; Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Michael Ross, Executive Director Jeanne Goldsmith, and Director of Marketing and Communications Christine Susa; and Tournament of Roses Executive Director/CEO David Eads.

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Wells Fargo sponsors 2020 Rose Parade Grand Finale and storytelling platform

Los Lobos and Alejandro Aranda will perform in the 2020 Rose Parade Grand Finale

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Wells Fargo expands its sponsorship of Tournament of Roses activities with “Where Flowers and Football Meet,” a rousing closing show at the 131st Tournament of Roses Parade that brings together Los Lobos, Alejandro Aranda, and the Rose Parade to Rose Bowl football toss from 2019; and “Beyond the Flowers: The Path to Pasadena,” a video storytelling platform that presents video memories from Rose Parade fans. The storytelling platform is up now. The parade takes place on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 at 8 a.m.

Closing show

Straight from East LA is legendary rock band Los Lobos; known for their hit single “La Bamba,” the spirited song that held the number one spot in nine countries. The band has racked up three Grammy wins and earned a Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award honor.

Los Lobos welcomes the new kid on the block, Alejandro Aranda (known to many by his new moniker “Scarypoolparty”). Scarypoolparty has more than 80 million social media views for singles “Tonight,” “Cholo Love,” and “Diamonds.” Fresh off his runner-up stint on American Idol, the Pomona, Calif. native joins Los Lobos performing a mashup of Los Lobos classics,

including “La Bamba” and “Come On” while looping in some of Scarypoolparty’s own music including “Tonight.”

The program order is

  • Alejandro Aranda (Scarypoolparty)
  • Los Lobos
  • Chino Hills Dance Team

To punctuate the Grand Finale theme, “Where Flowers and Football Meet,” a surprise celebrity guest will throw a team-branded football directly from the parade route that will magically soar to the Rose Bowl Stadium and be caught by another notable personality. The passer and receiver are a secret; watch for the surprise reveal.

Storytelling

“Beyond the Flowers: The Path to Pasadena” offers the opportunity for Rose Parade participants, volunteers, builders, fans, and organizations to celebrate and share their passion for the Rose Parade by submitting brief video testimonials. Selected videos will be posted to Beyond the Flowers, a new, featured section on the Tournament’s website, and shared widely via Tournament, Wells Fargo, and participants’ social media channels with the hashtag #WFBeyondTheFlowers.

“Our greatest priority at Wells Fargo is to help people succeed financially and build better lives,” said David Galasso, Wells Fargo’s lead region president for Greater California. “As we rejoice in one of America’s New Year’s traditions, we are proud to join the Tournament of Roses in ushering in a new decade and celebrating the hope that uplifts and inspires our customers and communities every day.”

Beyond the Flowers (#WFBeyondTheFlowers) video submissions are encouraged to be brief, energetic and offer personal insights, such as “What does America’s New Year Celebration mean to you?” “Why is participating in the Rose Parade so important to you?” “Why do you look forward to the parade year after year?” For video specifications, submission details and selection criteria re on the site.

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