Fiesta Parade Floats delivered another spectacular see-through seascape in the 2014 Rose Parade with “Sea of Surprises” for SeaWorld to kick off the 50th anniversary of the theme park. The float won the President’s Trophy for Most Effective Floral Use and Presentation. Stanley A. Meyer Design LLC designed the concept.
Law enforcement and security personnel walked at the sides and rear of the float, due to a planned protest by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) during the parade. The protest took place earlier, out of camera range, and was not apparent along the route according to parade-goers we interviewed.
Like the 2012 Natural Balance float, “Sea of Surprises” created the depth of an undersea world with an arched coral reef and layers of sea creatures swimming by. It was a stunningly beautiful entry, with a 55-foot long crashing wave of 20,000 light blue, dark blue and purple iris, thousands of white Blizzard roses, dendrobium and cattleya orchids.
A family of orcas leaped out of the crest, moving up and down at different speeds to create a more natural impression and to make it seem as if the wave itself was moving, followed by a snorkeling boy bobbing in the water with pumping legs and turning head to take it all in. The float teemed with floral marine animals, including starfish, sea anemones, sea horses, sea turtles, manta rays, crabs and fanciful fish.
Other animation included real bubbles pouring from the snorkel, a sea lion with rotating head perched on the orange reef (created by layering pincushion protea, dendrobium and thousands of orange and red anthuiums, and more than 15,000 florescent orange roses), and gently rocking sea life that simulated underwater movements.
For more about the botanicals used and the riders, look through the photo list attached to this article.
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