Demonstrating in flowers the many kinds of vehicles they cover, Framers Insurance Group presented a delightful entry in the 127th Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1, 2016. “Along for the Ride” had a rocking camper, retro travel trailer, ATV, golf cart, motorcycle and jet skis, with a boat being towed by the main float. The float was designed by Dave Pittman for Phoenix Parade Floats, and win the Craftsman Trophy for exceptional achievement in showmanship and dramatic impact for floats longer than 55 feet.
The idea behind the plethora of vehicles was to illustrate that Farmers is on hand no matter where their customers find their adventures. The folks riding the float were affiliated with Farmers; the jet skier on the camera side, Matt Wolk, won his spot by earning District Manager of the Year. A side note is that the driver, Mark Bevan, was celebrating his 50th year of piloting Rose Parade floats down Colorado Blvd. The list below details the flowering.
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Along for the Ride
A rocking camper and wheeling motorcycle visit national icons from coast to coast on the Farmers Insurance Group 2016 Rose Parade float “Along for the Ride.” Lady Liberty, covered in split peas, parsley and oatmeal, holds her torch 24 feet high. A windmill brings to mind Midwestern plains and a giant saguaro cactus with a yellow lizard is pure Arizona.
Rockin’ on the highway
The rocking motion of the camper and the motorcycle wheelie can be seen in this photo. The cactus was created using dry green materials with coco stix for thorns. In the front corner, a friendly alligator from Down South waves. The top of the camper was blanketed with roses.
Fun in the fast—or slow—lane
A golf cart, decorated with yellow gerbera and yellow and white mums bounced along beside the Farmers camper. The dark green foliage on the orange trees was evergreen sprigs, but the oranges were real.
Matt Wolk, Farmers Insurance District Manager of the Year, rode a jet ski that cut through water sprays of white spider mums. The camper was flowered with yellow gerbera and lavender, green and yellow mums. On the off-camera side, there was another jet ski and an ATV.
Relaxing by the fire
A fire with real logs (though not real fire!) is a cozy spot for two campers. The Route 66 sign was decorated with white lima beans, blue statice and probably red strawflower or spices. The float deck was filled with roses in red, yellow, pink, orange and white with iris studded throughout. Arrangements were primarily mums, roses and carnations.
A day on the lake
Ready for a day on the lake with an anchor and life preservers, SS Farmers rides along the Rose Parade route on a boat trailer. The bright yellow rim was made of gerbera, and the wood of the motorboat was a blend of spices and coffee.
Just so we don’t forget…. The sponsor of “Along for the Ride” was Farmers Insurance. The letters were cranberries and what looks like blueberries. Dry materials on the float included white limas, kidney beans, blue statice, strawflower, coffee, spices, herbs, rice and bark.