Today, the Tournament of Roses announced the 24 floats awarded official honors in the 128th Rose Parade presented by Honda. These awards recognize excellence in a variety of categories and specifications.
Editor’s note: two different readers have commented on this article that Cal Poly rather than Downey won the Founder’s Trophy. We are willing to believe it. The list published below was released by the Tournament of Roses. We just double-checked the text of the original release. That original news release shows Downey as winning both the Founder’s Trophy and the Governor’s Trophy. We cannot alter the original text, but have put this note at the top so that later readers will know that there’s a likely error.
The 2017 Rose Parade float award-winners are (alphabetically):
|FLOAT AWARD||DESCRIPTION||PARTICIPANT||FLOAT THEME||BUILDER||Unit #|
|Animation||Best display of animation.||Northwestern Mutual||Waves of Hope||Fiesta||46|
|Bob Hope Humor||Most comical and amusing.||La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association||Backyard Rocketeer||Self-Built||66|
|Craftsman Trophy||Outstand showmanship and dramatic impact over 55’ in length.||Netflix||Soar Beyond Imagination||AES||88|
|Crown City Innovation||Best use of imagination & innovation to advance the art of float design.||24 Hour Fitness||Do More With Your 24||AES||22|
|Directors’||Outstanding artistic merit in design and floral presentation.||Western Asset Management Company||Prosperity in the Wild||Phoenix||93|
|Extraordinaire Trophy||The most spectacular entry including floats that cannot retract to 55′ in length.||Lucy Pet||Lucy Pet’s Gnarly Crankin’ K-9 Wave Maker||Fiesta||55|
|Fantasy||Best display of fantasy and imagination.||BDK, A Singpoli Affiliate||The Monkey King: Journey to Success||Paradiso||28|
|Founders’||Most beautiful entry built and decorated by volunteers from a sponsoring community or organization.||Downey Rose Float Association||The Gold Rush||Self-Built||10|
|Governor’s||Best depiction of life in California.||Downey Rose Float Association||The Gold Rush||Self-Built||10|
|Grand Marshal||Most creative concept and design.||Farmers Insurance||We Came, We Saw, We Covered||Phoenix||90|
|International||Most beautiful entry from outside the United States.||China Airlines||Return to the Beauty of Taiwan||AES||84|
|Isabella Coleman||Best presentation of color and color harmony through floral use.||The UPS Store, Inc.||Books Bring Us Together||Paradiso||53|
|Judges’ Special||Outstanding showmanship and dramatic impact.||Union Bank and The American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate||Keep the Beat Alive||Phoenix||31|
|Lathrop K. Leishman||Most beautiful entry from a non-commercial sponsor.||AIDS Healthcare Foundation||To Honor & Remember Orlando||Fiesta||49|
|Mayor’s||Most outstanding city entry.||Sierra Madre Rose Float Association||The Cat’s Away||Self-Built||71|
|National||Best depiction of past, present or future life in the United States.||RAGÚ Pasta Sauce||Simmered in Tradition||Paradiso||79|
|Past Presidents’ Trophy||Most innovative use of both floral and non-floral materials.||American Armenian Rose Float Association||Field of Dreams!||Phoenix||29|
|President’s||Most effective use and presentation of flowers.||The Bachelor||Echoes of Love||Fiesta||63|
|Princesses’||Most beautiful entry 35’ and under in length.||Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee, Inc.||Doing Good in the World||Phoenix||20|
|Queen’s||Best use of roses.||Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee, Inc.||Doing Good in the World||Phoenix||20|
|Sweepstakes||Most beautiful.||Dole Packaged Foods||Spirit of Hawaii||Fiesta||18|
|Theme||Best presentation of the Rose Parade theme.||Donate Life||Teammates in Life||Paradiso||12|
|Tournament Special Trophy||Exceptional merit in multiple classifications including floats that cannot retract to 55′ in length.||Trader Joe’s||All Aboard! 50 Years of Serving the Best…||Phoenix||24|
|Tournament Volunteers’ Trophy||Best floral design of Parade theme 35’ and under in length.||Torrance Rose Float Association||Be Your Own Knight||Fiesta||83|
Explanation of judging
Scores are based on criteria such as creative design, floral craftsmanship, artistic merit, computerized animation, thematic interpretation, floral and color presentation, and dramatic impact.
This year’s judges – Carol Togneri, Phil Rulloda, and Ronnie Siegel– reviewed each float during judging sessions that take place during the decorating stages before the parade. The judges used their scores from the judging sessions to determine the trophy recipients. Banners for each award-winning float will be carried in the parade by select members of the Tournament of Roses Troop, which includes Gold Award Girl Scouts and Eagle Scouts.
About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®
The Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts America’s New Year Celebration® with the Rose Parade® presented by Honda, the Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual and a variety of accompanying events. 935 volunteer members of the association will drive the success of 128th Rose Parade themed “Echoes of Success,” on Monday, January 2, 2017, followed by the 103rd Rose Bowl Game. For more information, visit www.tournamentofroses.com.
The article above was released by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®.