Fiesta Parade Floats can rightly be proud of their sweepstakes record in the Tournament of Roses Parade. Jan. 1, 2014 marked the 21st consecutive win for Fiesta, and the fourth in a row for Dole Packaged Foods, which first entered the parade in 2011. The float was designed by Raul Rodriguez and the floral direction was by Jim Hynd. The Sweepstakes Trophy is given for the Most Beautiful Entry in Parade with Outstanding Floral Presentation and Design.
“Sunrise at the Oasis” was a gorgeous display of a tropical watering hole filled with animals—a dromedary with a howdah, elephants, baby tigers, monkeys, white peacocks with iridescent tail feathers—and three working waterfalls cascading down the sides of the float. The waterfalls recycled more than 1,000 gallons of water, and high pressure misting nozzles added a gentle fog.
Colorfully outfitted dancers and drummers accompanied the float while the heads of the animals moved in rhythm.
All the fresh fruit which was used on the float, including bananas, pineapples, mangoes, papayas. peaches, strawberries and blueberries, was grown and provided by Dole. Dole says that all their products are free of GMO (genetically modified organisms), gluten and high fructose corn syrup. “We are proud to be an industry leader in sustainability: Water Management, Soil Conversion, Carbon Footprint and Packaging,” the company says.
Dendrobium and Cattleya orchids gave the palm trees a feathery quality, and more than 40,000 hot pink Princess roses exploded over the deck in a garden that included anthuriums, cypripedium and hybrid vanda orchids, ginger, protea, hanging heliconia, ferns, and bromeliads.
Blankets on the elephants and camels featured roses, dendrobium, strawflower petals, button mums, kumquats and cranberries. Camel hair was achieved with layers of sun-bleached sheet moss shaded with cinnamon spice, elephant hides with Ming and sphagnum moss, monkey fur with dried cranberry foliage and grasses, tigers with bronze and cream strawflower petals with black chive seed, and peacocks with coconut chips with tail accents of purple dendrobium florets.
Riders were Sophie Spare, 17, Isabella Contreras, 13, Haley Jones, 12, Elizabeth Byington, 13, Erica Min, 24, Jessica Min, 20, and Ashley Thomas, 10.
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