Ever since the Lakers did it, Southern Californians love three-peats. Fiesta Parade Floats did it with the Dole entry in the 2013 Rose Parade, “Dreaming of Paradise.” For the third year in a row—and only its third entry—the Dole float won the Sweepstakes Trophy for “Most Beautiful Entry in Parade With Outstanding Floral Presentation & Design.”
The award was also an anniversary of sorts for Fiesta Parade Floats. It’s the 20th consecutive sweepstakes award for Fiesta. Dole floats have focused on different regions of the world where their products are grown. In 2011, “Living Well in Paradise” featured Hawaii, in 2012, “Preserving Paradise” featured Thailand, and “Dreaming of Paradise” takes parade watchers to the tropical rain forests of Latin America.
Liberal use of fresh floral materials on the deck and cascading over what might be Mayan ruins and three waterfalls recycling more than a thousand gallons of water created a lush tropical rainforest with a live volcano spewing smoke, steam, and flame 30 feet into the air at the rear of the float. Roses, specialty anthuriums, several varieties of orchids, protea and heliconia were showcased, along with fresh bananas, pineapples, mangoes, papayas, peaches, strawberries and blueberries grown by Dole.
A pyrotechnic flame unit, high pressure water misting system, non-toxic smoke machine and a high volume, low bass sound system reproduced the look and sound of a live volcano. The 26-foot-high float used a hydraulic system to achieve realistic movements for the butterflies and leopards and to lower the elements to 16 feet to pass under low wires and the 201 Freeway bridge towards the end of the parade route.
Riders and outwalkers included designer Raul Rodriguez with his macaw Sebastian and girls attired in light Mexican muslin dresses. The Alma Tica Fold-Dance Group of San Bernardino, directed by Eduardo A. Valverde, danced beside the float as it rolled down Colorado Blvd.
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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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