With the theme “Taiwan Dreams Rising,” China Airlines floated seven floral depictions of hot air balloons rising over the mountains of Taiwan and brought home the International Trophy once again in the 2014 Rose Parade. The trophy is given to the “Most Beautiful Entry Outside of 50 United States & D.C.” The float was designed by John Ramirez and build by Artistic Entertainment Services.
The float theme is a symbol of the hopes and dreams that the New Year brings and reflected the parade theme “Dreams Come True.” Each balloon was decorated in bright colors with symbols of Taiwan. A heart-shaped balloon representing the Taiwan Tourism Bureau displayed images from Taiwanese culture. Reader can see the image close up in the attached slideshow.
The highest building in Asia, the Taipei 101 building, was nestled among the balloons. Six Taiwanese-American women from the Los Angeles area, Christine Liao, Eunice Lin (Miss Taiwanese American 2013), Vivian Wu, Janice Chen, Jessica Chen and Rachel Lin, rode in floral “baskets” attached to the balloons.
The deck of the float featured swirling groupings of orchids, iris, roses and mums to create the look of the lush native landscape, flowers and greenery native to the region. Balloons were decorated in whole carnations, mums, blue and purple statice, green split pea, yellow strawflower, orange lentil and red and pink carnation petals. Baskets were covered and filled with orange, hot pink, red, yellow and white roses and buildings used silver leaf and seaweed, poppy seed, clover seed and yellow strawflower.
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