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Cinderella’s dream wins Founders’ Trophy for Downey in 2014 Rose Parade

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The Downey Rose Float Association excels at delicate creations that enchant the imagination, and the 2014 Rose Parade entry, “The Glass Slipper,” was no exception. It won the Founders’ Trophy for Most Beautiful Float Built and Decorated by Volunteers from a Community or Organization, the sixth time since 2002.

“The Glass Slipper” took a cue from the parade theme “Dreams Come True to present the classic Cinderella story. Cinderella’s dream comes true in the ballroom of the palace where she meets her prince. The structures on the float were all white and ivory, with two white peacocks trailing tail feathers studded with orchids.

The float was designed by Thom Neighbors and self-built by the Downey Rose Float Association. The goal of DRFA is “to bring the city of Downey together as a community by being involved in the design, construction and decoration of a Rose Parade float.” In addition to putting together the float, the community comes together for princess tryouts, fundraisers, and decoration.

Riding were Miss Downey Jessica Aguirre and princesses Parisa Geshti, Taly Argueta, Ada Hernandez and Jessica Mendez.

Roses included 6,280 hot pink “Shocking Versilia” roses, 3,350 yellow“Viva” roses, 1,325 orange “Tropical Amazon” roses and 500 pink “Vogue” roses. Flowering included nearly 1,000 orchid stems, more than 3,000 orchid blooms, hydrangeas, Star Gazer lilies, anthurium, tulips and mums.

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