South Pasadena sailed through the 2013 Rose Parade with the Founders’ Trophy banner, California Cut Flowers Commission “California Grown” certification, and USS Pasadena Sailor of the Year front and center.
The floral bounty on “Sailing the Sea of Knowledge,” built by South Pasadena Tournament of Roses, garnered the CCFC certification for using at least 85 percent of flowers and roses grown in California. The Founders’ Trophy is given to the “most beautiful float built and decorated by volunteers from a community or organization.”
The float depicted a Spanish galleon listing and falling like a ship on the ocean, only in this case, the ocean is the open pages of a library book embellished with sea creatures in flat materials. “Sailing the Sea of Knowledge” aptly reflected the 124th Rose Parade theme, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”
This is a meaningful image to a Southern California native such as your Tournament of Roses Examiner. Spanish ships had an important role in the region’s history and one of the most famous California memoirs, Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana, recounts sailing up and down the coast in a merchant brig during Mexican rule.
South Pasadena Tournament of Roses worked with CCFC to achieve California Grown status for the 2013 Rose Parade. SPTOR chair Bill Cullinane said in a press release that one of the goals of the design was to show that life-long learning is important to South Pasadenans.
“The other was to make our float California Grown!” Cullinane said. “We wanted to be the first city float to earn this prestigious title and show that California’s growers represent an opportunity to support family farms that support our economy—our local economy.”
Read more about the California Cut Flower Commission in “California Grown: Not everything’s coming up roses on Rose Parade floats”
As the photos in the attached list show, South Pasadena volunteers were able to showcase more than 22,000 roses, 5,000 carnations, and at least 5,000 other flowers, including mums, gerbera daisies, tulips, hydrangea, iris, orchids, stock, and wax flowers. Whole stems were tucked into every nook and cranny and billowed over the pages of the book.
The South Pasadena float has run on propane since 1984 and is hydraulically propelled instead of using a traditional transmission.
Riding at the front of the float were Electrician's Mate 1st Class (SS) Phillip Alampi and his spouse, Veera. Alampi told the US Navy News Service, “I'm honored my wife, Veera and I were invited to participate. I'm very thankful for the USS Pasadena Foundation and my command to provide this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
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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