What a Rose Parade! What a Rose Bowl Game! New Year’s Day is Picture Perfect for Pasadena

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By EDDIE RIVERA, Community Editor; Photos by Susan Rivera

12:14 pm | January 1, 2018

Under brilliant blue and sunny skies that saw Georgia and Oklahoma fans boarding the Gold Line and lining the Colorado Boulevard parade route in t-shirts, the 129th Tournament of Roses Parade went off without a hitch Monday morning before tens of thousands of viewers in person, and millions watching around the world, before a heart-pounding Rose Bowl game with a first-ever overtime finish.

 Singpoli American BD took home the Sweepstakes prize for the “most beautiful” float in the parade, while Farmer’s Insurance took the Americana prize.

Nearly 40 floats comprised this year’s parade along with more than a dozen marching bands from all over the United States and the world, with bands from Panama, Japan and Australia, also participating this year.

 Grand Marshall actor Gary Sinise led the parade which began just after 8 a.m. Pacific time with the now-traditional B-2 flyover, accompanied by two F-35A Lightning fighter jets, which swooped across the skies from the west and zoomed east down the 5.5 mile parade route.

 The parade also included the traditional appearance by this year’s Royal Court—Julianne Lauenstein of La Canada High School; Sydney Pickering of Arcadia High School ; Savannah Bradley of Pasadena High School; Georgia Cervenka of La Canada High School; Lauren Buehner of Arcadia High School; Isabella Marez of La Salle High School; and Alexandra Artura of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.

 Although security for this year’s parade saw a combined force of more than 20 local and federal agencies working together to protect the route, Pasadena Police reported a quiet and orderly New Year’s Eve in Pasadena, with only four arrests on New Year’s Eve, and very few calls to Pasadena Fire.

 This year’s parade required about 80,000 hours of combined manpower supplied by 935 members of the non-profit Tournament of Roses Association, a volunteer organization dedicated to presenting the internationally recognized New Year’s celebration. Each volunteer is assigned to one of 31 committees, with responsibilities ranging from selecting parade participants to directing visitors on New Year’s Day, to hosting the press headquarters for media coverage of the Rose Bowl Game, to giving presentations about the Tournament to community groups.

 Parade viewers saw floats from:

  • 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)

 More than 21 of the floats in this year’s parade were awarded prizes by the judges.

 Float scores are based on such criteria as creative design, floral craftsmanship, artistic merit, computerized animation, thematic interpretation, floral and color presentation, and dramatic impact.

 This year’s judges—María Eugenia Carrion, Bradley Kaye, and James Sutton—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.

 The Rose Parade was broadcast to 120 countries and an estimated 45 million viewers.