Despite threats of protests, SeaWorld moved forward with its Sea of Surprises float for the 125th annual Rose Bowl parade, and the move paid off nicely. The float won the prestigious Presidents award for being the entry with the most effective floral use and presentation.
Click the video accompanying this article to see what went into making the float.
SeaWorld celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014, and the float was themed to the upcoming celebration. At 55 feet long, it featured animals, coral, reefs, and waves, all made from flowers and natural materials. For example, the feathers on the penguins are made from rye seeds.
A new song, called "Beneath the Blue," debuted on the float. It will be incorporated into the park's background music over the coming year, and it will also be heard at special occasions.
Animal Care team members were on board the float, including national Animal Ambassador Julie Scardina and Pedro Ramos-Navarrete and Jon Peterson from Orlando. They'll all be involved in SeaWorld Orlando's upcoming Wild Days event. To read more about the event, jump to this article.