(Pasadena, Ca) The Tournament of Roses announced the 24 floats awarded official honors in the 130th Rose Parade presented by Honda that took place on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 or New Year’s Day.
This year, the Tournament of Roses celebrated its 130th year. This year’s theme, ‘The Melody of Life,’ celebrated music – a universal language that has power to bring people together
The 2019 Sweepstakes Trophy, awarded to the most beautiful entry was presented to The UPS Store, Inc. This was based on float design, floral presentation and entertainment.
These awards recognize excellence in a variety of categories and specifications.
The 2019 Rose Parade float award-winners are (alphabetically):
|Sweepstakes||Most beautiful entry: encompassing float design, floral presentation and entertainment||The UPS Store, Inc.||Books Keep Us On Our Toes||Fiesta|
|Americana||Most outstanding depiction of national treasures and traditions||Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day||Garden Fresh||Phoenix|
|Animation||Most outstanding use of animation||Burbank Tournament of Roses Association||Stompin’ Good Time||Self-Built|
|Bob Hope Humor||Most whimsical and amusing float||Northwestern Mutual||Spend Your Life Living||Fiesta|
|Crown City Innovator||Most outstanding use of imagination, innovation and technology||Trader Joe’s Company||Ride Captain Ride||Phoenix|
|Director||Most outstanding artistic design and use of floral and non-floral materials||Sierra Madre Rose Float Association||Harmony’s Garden||Self-Built|
|Extraordinaire||Most extraordinary float||Cal Poly Universities||Far Out Frequencies||Self-Built|
|Fantasy||Most outstanding display of fantasy and imagination||Western Asset Management Company||Yellow Submarine||Phoenix|
|Founder||Most outstanding float built and decorated by volunteers from a community or organization||La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association||Tree Frog Night!||Self-Built|
|Golden State||Most outstanding depiction of life in California||Big Bear Rose Parade Association||Play-Rest-Repeat||Fiesta|
|Grand Marshal||Most outstanding creative concept and float design||Stella Rosa Wines||Taste The Magic featuring Kool & The Gang||Fiesta|
|International||Most outstanding float from outside the United States||China Airlines||Rhythm of Taiwan||AES|
|Isabella Coleman||Most outstanding presentation of color and color harmony through floral design||United Sikh Mission||A Divine Melody Resonates In All||Phoenix|
|Judges||Most outstanding float design and dramatic impact||Donate Life||Rhythm of the Heart||Fiesta|
|Leishman Public Spirit||Most outstanding floral presentation from a non-commercial participant||Easterseals||Celebrating Easterseals 100 Years of Disability Services||Fiesta|
|Mayor||Most outstanding float from a participating city||South Pasadena Tournament of Roses||Three Little Birds||Self-Built|
|Past President||Most outstanding innovation in the use of floral and non-floral materials||Underground Service Alert of Southern
|President||Most outstanding use and presentation of flowers||City of Hope||Harmony of Hope||Phoenix|
|Princess||Most outstanding floral presentation among entries 35 feet and under in length||City of Alhambra||Home Tweet Home||Phoenix|
|Queen||Most outstanding presentation of roses||Farmers Insurance Group||A Carousel of Experience||Phoenix|
|Showmanship||Most outstanding display of showmanship and entertainment||Universal Pictures & Dreamworks Animation presents How To Train Your Dragon||How to Train Your Dragon – The Hidden World||AES|
|Theme||Most outstanding presentation of the Rose Parade theme||Shriners Hospitals for Children||Fezzy’s Garden of Hope and Healing||Phoenix|
|Tournament Volunteer||Most outstanding floral presentation of the Rose Parade theme among floats 35 feet and under in length||City of Torrance/ Torrance Rose Float Association||The Power of Music||Fiesta|
|Wrigley Legacy||Most outstanding display of floral presentation, float design and entertainment||Dole Packaged Foods||Rhythm of Paradise||Fiesta|
Scores are based on criteria such as creative design, floral craftsmanship, artistic merit, computerized animation, thematic interpretation, floral and color presentation, and dramatic impact.
This year’s judges — Preston Bailey, Michael E. Berry, and Kimberly Oldis — reviewed each float during judging sessions that take place during the decorating stages before the parade. The judges used their scores from the judging sessions to determine the trophy recipients. Banners for each award-winning float will be carried in the parade by select members of the Tournament of Roses Troop, which includes Gold Award Girl Scouts and Eagle Scouts.
FTD is the official floral partner of the Tournament of Roses. The iconic American company has been affiliated with the Rose Parade for more than 60 years. FTD decorates the antique automobiles which carry the Rose Parade VIPs down Colorado Boulevard including the Grand Marshal, Tournament of Roses President, Mayor of Pasadena and the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame cars. FTD is also the sponsor of the Rose Parade Float Awards.
Dole Packaged Foods wins the Wrigley Legacy Award
Dole has taken home nine float awards since 2011 and holds the record for the most Sweepstakes Trophy wins.
This year’s float, entitled Rhythm of Paradise, payed special homage to Dole’s Hawaiian heritage and roots, while celebrating the company’s long-standing commitment to hunger relief, sustainability and giving back to local communities. The whimsical float was led by Lono, the Hawaiian deity associated with agriculture and god of music and peace. The float also included lush floral gardens, a cascading waterfall and live-fire tiki torches.
“We are honored to receive the Wrigley Legacy award for our Rhythm of Paradise float this year,” said David Spare, Vice President of Marketing, Dole Packaged Foods. “The Rose Parade allowed us the opportunity to emphasize the importance of staying hopeful and united; our local California community has experienced a lot during the last half of 2018 and through Rhythm of Paradise, we were able to share a bit of sunshine.”
Created by Fiesta Parade Floats, Rhythm of Paradise stood at 55 feet long, 15 wide and 26 feet high. Fiesta Parade Floats and Dole employees also designed and built previous award-winning entries for the floats: 2018 “Sharing Nature’s Bounty” (Grand Marshal Trophy), 2017 “Spirit of Hawaii” (Sweepstakes Trophy), 2016 “Soaring Over Paradise” (Directors’ Trophy), 2015 “Rhythm of Hawaii” (Sweepstakes Trophy), 2014 “Sunrise at the Oasis” (Sweepstakes Trophy), 2013 “Dreaming of Paradise” (Sweepstakes Trophy), 2012 “Preserving Paradise” (Sweepstakes Trophy) and 2011 “Living Well in Paradise” (Sweepstakes Trophy).
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