Sneek Peek At 2018 Rose Parade Floats



Sneek Peek At 2018 Rose Parade Floats

Last week we attended a super fun family day held by Dole where we got a sneek peek at some of the gorgeous floats that will be in the 2018 TOURNAMENT OF ROSES Parade. We even got to decorate the 55-foot-long “Sharing Nature’s Bounty” float with moss and talk with the Dole visionaries who dreamed up this year’s float!

We also met a few of the Rose Court girls. The Tournament of Roses is proud to celebrate the 100th Rose Queen this year! Did you know that The 100th Rose Queen and 2018 Royal Court will attend nearly 100 community and media functions, acting as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses and the Pasadena community at large? The grand finale for the 2018 Royal Court will be riding  on a float in the 129th Rose Parade® presented by Honda and attending the College Football Semifinal at the  Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual, both on Monday, January 1, 2018.



The Rose Parade’s elaborate floats have come a long way since the Tournament’s early days. Today, float building is a multi-million dollar business and float construction begins almost immediately after the previous year’s parade is concluded.

The process starts with a specially-built chassis, upon which is built a framework of steel and chicken wire. In a process called “cocooning,” the frame is sprayed with a polyvinyl material, which is then painted in the colors of the fresh flowers or dry material to be applied later. Every inch of every float must be covered with flowers or other natural materials, such as leaves, seeds or bark. Volunteer workers swarm over the floats in the days after Christmas, their hands and clothes covered with glue and petals. The most delicate flowers are placed in individual vials of water, which are set into the float one by one.

Computerized animation has had an enormous impact on Rose Parade floats. Recent entires have featured King Kong stomping through a floral jungle, a guitar-playing dinosaur, pigs dancing the hula and a 60-foot-tall talking robot, all controlled by computers. But through all the changes, the Rose Parade has remained true to its floral beginnings, and each float is decorated with more flowers than the average florist will use in five years.

  • 24 Hour Fitness (AES)
  • Ag PhD TV and Radio (AES)
  • AIDS Healthcare Foundation (Fiesta Parade Floats)
  • American Armenian Rose Float Association, Inc. (Phoenix Decorating Company)
  • American Honda Motor Company (Phoenix Decorating Company)
  • Burbank Tournament of Roses Association (Self-Built)
  • Cal Poly Universities (Self-Built)
  • China Airlines (AES)
  • City of Alhambra, CA (Phoenix Decorating Company)
  • City of Carson (Fiesta Parade Floats)
  • City of Hope (Phoenix Decorating Company)
  • City of Los Angeles (Fiesta Parade Floats)
  • City of Riverside (Fiesta Parade Floats)
  • City of Torrance (Fiesta Parade Floats)
  • Dole Packaged Foods (Fiesta Parade Floats)
  • Donate Life (Paradiso Parade Floats)
  • Downey Rose Float Association (Self-Built)
  • Farmers Insurance (Phoenix Decorating Company)
  • Kaiser Permanente (Fiesta Parade Floats)
  • Kiwanis International (Phoenix Decorating Company)
  • La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association (Self-Built)
  • Lions Clubs International (Phoenix Decorating Company)
  • Lucy Pet (Fiesta Parade Floats)
  • Lutheran Laymen’s League (Phoenix Decorating Company)
  • Miracle-Gro (Fiesta Parade Floats)
  • Northwestern Mutual (Fiesta Parade Floats)
  • Odd Fellows Rebekahs Rose Float (Phoenix Decorating Company)
  • Rotary (Phoenix Decorating Company)
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children (Phoenix Decorating Company)
  • Sierra Madre Rose Float Association (Self-Built)
  • Singpoli American BD (Paradiso Parade Floats)
  • South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association (Self-Built)
  • The Forum (Phoenix Decorating Company)
  • The Grand Tour – An Amazon Prime Exclusive Series (Paradiso Parade Floats)
  • The UPS Store, Inc. (Paradiso Parade Floats)
  • Trader Joe’s (Phoenix Decorating Company)
  • Underground Service Alert of Southern California (DIGALERT) (Fiesta Parade Floats)
  • United Sikh Mission (Phoenix Decorating Company)
  • Western Asset Management Company (Phoenix Decorating Company)

Sneek Peek

How cute are these peas pods? Their eye-lashes and lips are so full of detail!

Check out the saddle on the Zebra. It’s sparkly and it matches the harness on his face.


Dole Ray Of Sunshine Sweepstakes

Dole Packaged Foods is also hosting the Ray of Sunshine sweepstakes from November 1 – December 20. The sweepstakes encourages participants to nominate someone they know who is making a positive impact in their local community and really fit in with the Rose Parade’s Making a Difference theme. Through Dole Packaged Foods, the winners will be granted a combined total of 30,000 lbs. of food and $5,000 to donate to local food banks and charities throughout the U.S. Additional information on the sweepstakes can be found here.

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1 thought on “Sneek Peek At 2018 Rose Parade Floats”

  1. I’m always fascinated with rosa parades. It’s interesting to learn that he 100th Rose Queen and 2018 Royal Court will attend nearly 100 community and media functions, acting as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses. The next time that I’ll hold a parade I’ll make sure that the audiences would be showered with roses as well.


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