The 2013 Rose Parade saw a new float-building company wow the judges with its first entry, five of six self-built floats taking home trophies, and the usual winners from the big builders. Here’s a breakdown of the 124th Rose Parade trophy winners for each of the 10 float builders.
Paradiso Parade Floats, designer Charles Meier created a stunning first entry for the City of San Gabriel Centennial that won the Directors’ Trophy Honoring Jacob Maarse which recognizes outstanding artistic merit in design & floral presentation.
Awards for self-builders were
Burbank Tournament of Roses Association, Fantasy Trophy for “Deep Sea Adventures”
Cal Poly Universities, Bob Hope Humor Trophy for “Tuxedo Air”
City of South Pasadena, Founders’ Trophy for “Sailing the Sea of Knowledge”
La Canada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association, Animation Trophy for “Dino-Soar”
Sierra Madre Rose Float Association, Isabella Coleman Trophy for “The Sky’s the Limit”
Downey Rose Float Association, “Dew Drop By,” did not win a trophy this year
Awards to professional float-building companies were
Artistic Entertainment Services (AES), International Trophy for China Airlines “Cycling through Paradise
Fiesta Parade Floats:
- Crown City Innovation Trophy for Miracle-Gro “Everyone Grows!”
- Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy for Beverly Hills Pet Care Foundation “Follow the Stars—Adopt a Pet”
- Past Presidents Trophy for Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods “Canines with Courage”
- President's Trophy for Ministry of Tourism & Creative Economy, Republic of Indonesia “Wonderful Indonesia”
- Queen's Trophy for AIDS Healthcare Foundation “The Global Face of AIDS”
- Sweepstakes Trophy for Dole, “Dreaming of Paradise”
- Theme Trophy for Kaiser Permanente “Oh, the Healthy Things You Can Do!”
Paradiso Parade Floats, Directors’ Trophy for City of San Gabriel Centennial “Celebrating Our Journey”
Phoenix Decorating Company:
- Craftsman Trophy for The Nurses Float “A Healing Place”
- Extraordinaire Trophy for Trader Joe’s “Recipe for Adventure!”
- Governor's Trophy for City of Glendale “Living the Good Life!”
- Grand Marshal's Trophy for HGTV “All Paths Lead Home ”
- Judge's Special Trophy for Shriners Hospitals for Children “Helping Children Live Their Dreams”
- Mayor's Trophy for City of Los Angeles “Making Connections”
- National Trophy for DOD 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee “Freedom Is not Free”
- Princesses' Trophy for Odd Fellows and Rebekahs “Elevated Adventure”
- Tournament Special Trophy for RFD-TV “Classic Tractor Fever!”
- Tournament Volunteers Trophy for Kiwanis International “A Child’s Magic Carpet Ride!”
For readers interested in percentages of winning floats versus total floats build by each company, the winner would be Paradiso Parade Floats with 100 percent; but with only one entry, it’s not quite a fair comparison.
Self-builders, considered as a group, brought home a whopping 83 percent. Fiesta Parade Floats, taking home the Sweepstakes Trophy for the 20th consecutive year with a three-peat for Dole, won seven awards out of nine entries, garnering 78 percent. Phoenix Decorating Company came in next with 56 percent (10 out of 18 entries), and AES entered two floats and won one trophy for 50 percent.
Tournament of Roses floats—the Queen and Court float and two Rose Bowl Game participating universities—are split up between AES and Fiesta Parade Floats, and are ineligible for prizes so they are not counted in the percentages. As parade sponsors, Wells Fargo and American Honda, built by Phoenix Decorating Company, are also not eligible.
For links to articles on award-winning floats as they are posted, bookmark “2013 Rose Parade floats: Award-winners, articles, and photos”
The theme of the 124th Rose Parade and 99th Rose Bowl Game was “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” The Tournament of Roses is a celebration that lasts several weeks in the fall and winter, with the high points being the Rose Parade presented by Honda and the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO on New Year’s Day. Keep following your Tournament of Roses Examiner for the latest news and for upcoming announcements.
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