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Well, the post I’d planned got a bit long, so I split it (part two will follow). The theme of this year’s parade was “Echoes of Success.”

All of the floats in this parade are required to have all surfaces covered by natural materials, such as flowers, plants, seaweed, seeds, bark, vegetables, or nuts. For more, see the 2014 post Decorating parade floats, at my journal.


One of six miniature horses from So Cal Mini Horse Sanctuary in Hemet, California; they took the place of the Seven Oaks Farm Miniature Therapy Horses that unfortunately had become ill on the journey from Ohio.
Photo by Leo Jarzomb


Rose Parade Royal Court: Queen Victoria Castellanos of Temple City; Princess Audrey Cameron of Pasadena; Princess Maya Khan of South Pasadena; Princess Shannon Larsuel of Altadena; Princess Autumn Lundy of Altadena; Princess Natalie Petrosian of La Cañada Flintridge; Princess Lauren Powers of Pasadena
Photo by Watchara Phomicinda


California Milk Advisory Board's float, celebrating California’s dairy farms, “Legacy of Generations”
Photo by Robyn Beck


24-Hour Fitness' float, “Do More With Your 24”
Winner of the Crown City Innovation Trophy, for best use of imagination and innovation to advance the art of floral design
Photo by Michael Owen Baker


Farmers Insurance's float, “We Came, We Saw, We Covered”
Winner of the Grand Marshal’s Trophy, for excellence in creative concept and design
Photo by Hosie Thomas

This float was based on the Farmer’s ad with the doggy water ballet; the bus part raised thirty feet in the air, then came down again for “coverage,” as you can see in the video.

Video is one minute, twenty seconds


Dancers of the Westlake High School Chaparral Band from Austin, Texas
Photo by Leo Jarzomb


Photo by Anna Pham

Photo by Michael Owen Baker

City of Sierra Madre's float, “The Cat’s Away”
Winner of the Mayor’s Trophy, for most outstanding national or international city entry


Members of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Los Angeles All District Honor Band
Photo by Trevor Stamp


China Airlines' float, “Return to the Beauty of Taiwan”
Winner of the International Trophy, for most beautiful entry from outside of the United States and District of Columbia
Photo by Hosie Thomas

The Mikado pheasants, Müller's barbets, and various plants depicted on the float are all species indigenous to Taiwan.


Photo by Walt Mancini

Photos courtesy of Cal Poly

Cal Poly Universities' float, “A New Leaf”
Winner of the Founders’ Trophy, for most beautiful float built and decorated by community or organization volunteers

The float’s wonderful animation unfortunately stopped working partway through the parade, but here’s a video of the test before the parade. Check out the color changes!

BONUS! Links to other fun stuff I came across while preparing this.

Many great shots here of the parade, including the people camping along the route the night before and enjoying the parade, and float viewing after the parade that evening:

Pasadena Star-News gallery of 270 photos (yes, 270!): 2017 Rose Parade photos with every rose float, band and equestrian group

Colorful artists’ renderings of each float, in full view, while it was still in the planning stages

And here are links to my previous Rose Parade posts, in case you’re interested:

I love a parade!

From the 126th Tournament of Roses Parade, New Year’s Day 2015

Also posted to [ profile] randompictures; #1 is also part of a post at [ profile] splodefromcute


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