Angelenos know that there are many adventures in Los Angeles, so the 127th Tournament of Roses theme “Find Your Adventure” was perfect for an LA odyssey. The city’s 118th Rose Parade float, “Discover Los Angeles,” won the Mayor’s Trophy for most outstanding city entry, national or international with a depiction of several “signature” adventures found in LA. It was designed by Thom Neighbors and built by Phoenix Decorating Company. Riders included Mayor Eric Garcetti and his daughter Maya and Florence LaRue of The 5th Dimension.
The featured destinations on the float were Capitol Records, LAX, Hollywood Bowl, Venice Beach, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood sign and Griffith Observatory. A cameraman on a crane, bicyclist and surfer engaged in typical Los Angeles activities under iconic palm trees and the magnificent California sun that oversees adventures from the mountains to the sea and provides cheerfully good weather year round—even on New Year’s Day in Pasadena. More than 40,000 flowers studded the design. For details, scroll down to the photo list below.
The theme of the 127th Rose Parade and 102nd Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2016 was “Find Your Adventure.” If you have a question or would like a reply to your comment, please post on Facebook at All Things Rose Parade or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discover Los Angeles
More than 44 million visitors came to Los Angeles last year to see the sights of the sprawling city. The LA float deck was filled with roses in dark lavender, hot pink and white, and white gypsophila, gerberas, cattleya, carnations and iris. Floral arrangements used roses, deflexis, lunaria, dendrobium, cymbidium, carnations, phalaenopsis and mums.
Hizzoner the Mayor of Los Angeles
Standing on a platform of red and pink strawflower bordered with orange slices were Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and his daughter Maya with Florence LaRue of The 5th Dimension. The sculpted Birds of Paradise were created with orange and yellow carnations, dark blue iris and statice, red and yellow strawflower, orange ground lentils, split peas, parsley flakes, and green and red ti leaves.
OK, we’re not sure, either
Whether this man is an escapee from a production of Prince Igor at the Hollywood Bowl or just a typical Venice Beach character, we don’t know, but he was an interesting addition to the LA Rose Parade float. The sign in front is covered with gold clover seeds, yellow and white strawflower, white ground rice and black onion seed. Behind him, the Chinese Theater utilized various grains, seeds and beans, coffee, strawflower, spices and palm bark.
It was cold at the Rose Parade on Jan. 1, so a wet suit was in order. This dude was riding waves of white carnations, blue iris, lavender roses and white rice on a surfboard of powdered rice and red strawflower with accents of white mokaras and coco stix. The Hollywood sign was covered with rice, onion seed and white lima beans.
LA’s hood ornament
Dr. Edwin C. Krupp, astronomer and director of the Griffith Observatory, has referred to the Art Deco building as Los Angeles’ hood ornament for its prominent situation on Mt. Hollywood. It can be seen from all over the LA Basin. On the LA Rose Parade float, it was recreated with fine ground rice, gold clover seed, white navy beans, onion seed and seaweed. The large domes were covered in ground coffee and the rotunda in front with blue statice. Bushes are mood moss and trees are actual tiny cypress and cedars.
It’s always sunny in LA
Maybe not always, but most days! The huge, grinning star on the Los Angeles float was flowered in such a way that the yellows and oranges blended into each other and created a shimmering effect. Botanicals used included white, yellow and beau mums, yellow, peach, orange and hot pink carnations, onion and poppy seed, seaweed, everlasting, black beans and hot pink gladiola petals. This photo was taken in the float barn before deco week and shows the rays folded down for crossing under bridges and power lines.
An LA landmark
The Griffith observatory nestles atop Mt. Hollywood at 1,134 feet. This shot was taken from the south, showing the rear of the observatory. Admission is free to this beloved landmark and its exhibits, with the exception of the planetarium show, which charges a small fee. Hanging in the front rotunda is the fascinating and elegant Foucault pendulum, that knocks over pegs as the earth rotates beneath it, and in a side area is the exciting Tesla coil that crackles with electricity.