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.”

 

All photos are copyright LB Monteros

 

2018 Tournament of Roses

2018 Tournament of Roses Theme poster. Courtesy Pasadena TOR.

 

“MAKING A DIFFERENCE”

The 129th Tournament of Roses in photos and stories

The Tournament of Roses in Pasadena is more than the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2018. It is the week-long “America’s New Year Celebration,” chock full of floats, bands, equestrians, and family-friendly activities. Visitors can attend Bandfest, Equestfest, Decorating Places, Showcase of Floats, and Live on Green.

The 129th Rose Parade features bands from all over the world, equestrian groups, and around 45 flower-covered floats presenting the theme “Making a Difference.” The 104th Rose Bowl Game pits the top teams in “The Granddaddy of Them All,” the oldest post-season collegiate bowl game.

Read all about it by clicking on the links below, which contain information about the events and people involved as well as tips on attending the events and getting around.  The list will be updated as articles are posted.  Be sure to bookmark this page and return to it frequently!

 

General Information

INSIDER’S GUIDE TO THE 2018 TOURNAMENT OF ROSES

2018 TOURNAMENT OF ROSES CALENDAR

There is no such thing as the Rose BOWL Parade!

Will it rain on my Rose Parade? The rules: No Sundays, water themes, or Supreme Court Justices equals no rain

What’s in a nickname? How Pasadena California is known to locals and the world

Tournament of Roses News & Events

Make a real difference with Real Change meters

Rose Parade 

Information, floats, marching bands, and equestrians

The 2018 Royal Court

Articles & albums about the Tournament of Roses Royal Court

Rose Bowl Game

Information, events, people

Special Events

Tournament House open for public tours through August

Bandfest show schedule for 2018 Rose Parade marching units

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

Tournament of Roses Foundation presents $200,000 in grants to SGV non-profits

Phoenix Decorating Company chosen to design gateway arch to Arroyo Seco Weekend

Even after 100 years, a Rose Queen is forever at Pasadena Museum of History

Celebrities & Sponsors

Celebrity lineup in the 2018 Rose Parade: Rose Queen, Pres. Tibbet, PCC Honor Band

Honoring vets in the 2018 Rose Parade with USMC, GM Gary Sinise, Purple Heart: Photos

Rose Parade rides: A car that’s a star and vintage autos for the celebrities

Grand Marshal Gary Sinise tries out his Rose Parade ride

Gary Sinise, humanitarian and actor, is Grand Marshal for 2018 Rose Parade

Photo gallery: 2018 Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal Gary Sinise

Tournament of Roses Pres. Lance Tibbet is aiming on ‘Making a Difference’ in 2018 

David Eads of LA Chamber announced as new Executive Director/CEO of  Pasadena Tournament of Roses

Guessing game: Who will the 2018 Rose Parade Grand Marshal be?

Helpful Links

Tournament of Roses

Tournament of Roses Parade Day Guide

Visit Pasadena Rose Parade spectator guide

Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau

Rose Bowl Stadium

Visit Pasadena Rose Bowl Game spectator guide

Rose Parade official tours at PrimeSport

Rose Bowl Game official tours at PrimeSport

Lucy Pet presents surfing dogs and football cats at the Rose Parade Showcase of Floats: Video, photos

Joey Herrick, founder of Lucy Pet Foundation and Lucy Pet Products, with the dog that started it all, Lucy herself. Rose Parade Showcase of Floats, Jan. 3, 2017.
Joey Herrick with the dog that started it all, Lucy herself.

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Second in a series of two

Joey Herrick made a splash at the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade with a passel of pooches surfing on a 65-foot long wave in a gigantic tank of water. In addition to winning the Extraordinaire Trophy for “Most Spectacular Float,” Lucy Pet’s “Gnarly Crankin’ K-9 Wave Maker” broke two Guinness World Records. Read about that here. As “Who Let the Dogs Out” boomed over the Showcase of Floats, we got an opportunity to talk to Herrick and Doc Karen Halligan and to climb the 24-foot tall float to video the dogs.

After Herrick retired from Natural Balance pet foods, he embarked on a mission to drastically reduce the number of stray dogs and cats and the four million that shelters put down annually. He founded Lucy Pet Foundation, named after a stray Chihuahua he rescued, and fitted out a motor home as a self-contained mobile clinic that can spay and neuter more than 120 pets each week. His goal is to have mobile clinic in every major city in the country. It’s estimated that just one clinic can prevent 120,000 animals being added to the homeless pet population.

“The float is the greatest publicity for Lucy Pet,” he told The Rose Examiner. Noting the huge Continue reading “Lucy Pet presents surfing dogs and football cats at the Rose Parade Showcase of Floats: Video, photos”

128th TOURNAMENT OF ROSES CALENDAR LISTING

For inside tips on how to get the most out  of your time at the Tournament of Roses, read “Insider’s Guide to the Rose Parade and Events.”

THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 2016

Decorating Places presented by Giti Tire, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., $10 per person (age 5 and under free) for all three locations: Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco St., Brookside Pavilion, Lot I south of the Rose Bowl, and Rose Palace, 835 S. Raymond Ave. Tickets are sold onsite or online from Sharp Seating, (626) 795-4171.

Expo Village, Lot I in Brookside Park, runs concurrently with float viewing. Food, exhibits, souvenirs.

FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 2016

Decorating Places presented by Giti Tire, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., $10 per person (age 5 and under free) for all three locations: Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco St., Brookside Pavilion, Lot I south of the Rose Bowl, and Rose Palace, 835 S. Raymond Ave.

Expo Village, Lot I in Brookside Park, runs concurrently with float viewing. Food, exhibits, souvenirs.

Live on Green, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., free at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St. Activities for the family, exhibits and displays, food and music, and free shuttles to Decorating Places in the Rose Bowl area.

Equestfest, $15 per person (age 5 and under free), 10 a.m. at Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Dr., Burbank. A VIP package is available for $40. Parking $10, paid at the site. Tickets are sold onsite or online from Sharp Seating, (626) 795-4171. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Bandfest, Show 1, $15 per person (age 5 and under free), 1 p.m. on Robinson Field at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. Parking is free. Tickets are sold onsite or online from Sharp Seating, (626) 795-4171.

SATURDAY, DEC. 31, 2016

Decorating Places presented by Giti Tire, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., $10 per person (age 5 and under free) for all three locations: Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco St., Brookside Pavilion, Lot I south of the Rose Bowl, and Rose Palace, 835 S. Raymond Ave.

Expo Village, Lot I in Brookside Park, runs concurrently with float viewing. Food, exhibits, souvenirs.

Live on Green, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., free at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St. Activities for the family, exhibits and displays, food and music, and free shuttles to Decorating Places in the Rose Bowl area.

Bandfest, Show 2, $15 per person (age 5 and under free), 9 a.m. on Robinson Field at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. Parking is free.

Bandfest, Show 3, $15 per person (age 5 and under free), 1:30 p.m. on Robinson Field at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. Parking is free.

SUNDAY, JAN. 1, 2017

Decorating Places presented by Giti Tire, $15 per person (age 5 and under free), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rose Palace, 835 S. Raymond Ave.

Live on Green, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., free at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St. Activities for the family, exhibits and displays, food and music, and free shuttles to Decorating Places in the Rose Bowl area.

Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, $40 for reserved seating with lunch & $10 general admission, noon at Rose Bowl Stadium Lot K tent. A food truck will be onsite. Limited tickets available from Sharp Seating, (626) 795-4171.

MONDAY, JAN. 2, 2017

128th Tournament of Roses Parade, promptly at 8 a.m., Colorado Blvd. between Orange Grove and Sierra Madre. Purchase grandstand seats online or by calling Sharp Seating, (626) 795-4171 or Pasadena Presbyterian Church, which also serves a continental breakfast and has indoor restrooms, (626) 793-2191.

Rose Bowl Game Public Tailgate Party, free, beginning at 8 a.m. in Lot H of the Rose Bowl. Food available for purchase, displays, entertainment. Contact the Rose Bowl Stadium, (626) 577-3100, for more information.

Showcase of Floats presented by Miracle-Gro including Park-N-Ride fare, $13 per person (age 5 and under free), 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards by Victory Park. Free street parking or paid in local lots. Park-N-Ride shuttles are available at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. Tickets are sold onsite or online from Sharp Seating, (626) 795-4171.

103rd Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual, 1:30 p.m. at the Rose Bowl. Television coverage on ESPN and ESPN Deportes; radio broadcast on ESPN Radio and XM Satellite Radio. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and PrimeSport. More information here.

TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2017

Showcase of Floats presented by Miracle-Gro including Park-N-Ride fare, $13 per person (age 5 and under free), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards by Victory Park. Seniors and handicapped may enter at 7 a.m. Free street parking or paid in local lots. Park-N-Ride shuttles are available at the Rose Bowl and Pasadena City College.