THE 1995 ROSE PARADE : Flower Power
On Monday, the 52 floats participating in the 106th Rose Parade will proudly display the results of months of planning and hard work as they make their way down Colorado Boulevard.
Heading the Pack
From conception to construction: the life of the float that will lead this year’s parade.
Fall, 1993 * Float entries committee begins selecting float sponsors.
January * Idea is conceived for float designs. Artist, conferring with engineer, begins design sketches. NASA is contacted for photos of moon landing.
March * Painting and sketches of float idea are presented to the sponsor.
May * Sponsor makes final decision.
June * Construction begins. It takes five to six months to complete the float.
Oct. 8 * Engines and motors are inspected to make sure everything runs safely.
Oct. 22 * Float is tested on the street.
Mid-November * Chicken wire is applied on float surfaces and cocooned with latex webbing. Process takes about two weeks.
December * Float is painted to mark flower placement. Dry materials, such as rice, are applied.
Dec. 10 * Final road test.
Dec. 27 * Flowers are applied
Jan 2 * Parade
After parade * Float is disassembled. Parts of it will be sold, and the rest stored for next year.
FLOAT DETAILS Float theme: An American Pastime Height: 18' wide, 30' high, 75' long Weight: 25,000 pounds Sponsor: American Honda Motor Co. Flowers: Carnations, silverleaf, seaweed, sweet rice, clover seed, lunaria, eucalyptus leaves, statice, button mums, strawflowers, roses, cattleya orchids, iris, protea, anthurium, gypsophilia, chrysanthemums and gerbera daisies
The main float driver, with the help of a spotter, navigates the float. These workers, outlined here, are not seen by parade-goers.
Another crew member will drive the secondary float.
MECHANICS Engines: Two. Steering: Power steering with a tractor drive. Battery: Three generators, enough to light seven or eight average homes. Animation: A rotating platform. The hydraulic system will allow the 30-foot astronaut to bend forward, clearing a low freeway bridge, and swing the golf club. Golf balls are helium-filled balloons three feet in diameter, which will be ejected from float.
A powerful sound system will blare Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to Be an American.” A series of speakers underneath the float will send a rumbling vibration along its path.
Order of the March
1. American Honda Motor Co.
2. Long Beach Mounted Police
3. Southwest Missouri State University Marching Band
4. Countrywide Funding Corp.
5. Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
6. South Pasadena Tournament of Roses
7. George Putnam Group
8. Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal
9. Puerto Rico
10. West Coast Composite Marine Band
11. Downey Rose Float Assn.
12. Wee Wheelers
13. Unocal Corp.
14. Pasadena City College
15. Tournament of Roses Queen and Royal Court
16. Pasadena City College
17. Farmers Insurance Group
18. Norco Desperados
19. Family of Freemasonry
20. Alexis I. DuPont High School
21. Delta Air Lines
22. National Park Service
23. Pacific 10 Conference
24. Pacific 10 Conference Band
25. JCI Environmental Services
26. Western Group
27. City of Inglewood
28. Waukesha North High School Marching Band
29. Sierra Madre Rose Float Assn.
30. Tournament of Roses President
32. City of Alhambra
33. Tanner Appaloosa
34. Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn.
35. La Canada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn.
36. Drum Corps Trisakti
37. Republic of Indonesia
38. Valley Hunt Club
39. Mayor of Pasadena
40. Big Ten Conference
41. Big Ten Conference Marching Band
42. Lutheran Laymen’s League
43. Iron Eyes Cody and American Indian Tribal Leaders
44. City of Duarte / City of Hope National Medical Center
45. Newton High School Marching Band
46. 1928 Jewelry Company
47. The Pasobilities Peruvian Paso Horse Club
48. Eastman Kodak Co.
49. Ft. Mill High School Band
50. City of Glendale
51. Shady Ladies of the Mother Lode
52. Cal Spas and Billiards
53. Ferndale High School Golden Eagle Marching Band
54. Rotary International
55. The Martinez Family
56. Cacique Inc.
57. American Morgan Horse Unit
58. City of Los Angeles
59. Poway High School Emerald Brigade
60. Automobile Club of Southern California
61. American Bashkir Curly Gegistry
62. Odd Fellows ad Rebekahs
63. Elko High School
64. Southern California Edison
65. Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum
66. Sunkist Growers
67. Greenville High School Solid Gold Marching Band
68. Arcadia Tournament of Roses Assn.
69. Hawaii Pa’u Riders
70. State of Hawaii
71. Moanalau High School Menehune Marching Band
72. City of St. Louis
73. Al Kaly Mule Train
74. China Airlines
75. Holland High School Marching Dutchmen Band
76. City of Long Beach
77. The New Buffalo Soldiers
78. Kiwanis International California, Nevada, Hawaii District
79. Ebell of Los Angeles
80. Florists’ Transworld Delivery Assn. (FTD)
81. Salvation Army Band
82. Dr. Pepper / 7-Up Companies
83. Mission Belles
85. Morris Brown College
86. Chiropractic Centennial Foundation
87. Icelandic Horse Adventure Society
88. International House of Pancakes
89. B Troop 4th U.S. Cavalry (Memorial)
91. Owasso High School Marching Band
92. Portland Rose Festival
93. International Andalusian Horses of Spain
94. Rembrandt Oral Care Products
95. Target Stores
96. John Suttill’s Parading Arabians
97. Republic of El Salvador
98. West High School Entertainment Unit
99. City of Torrance
100. Lions Club International
101. Valley Silver Bullets Equestrians
102. Cal Poly Universities of Pomona and San Luis Obispo
103. Meijo Gakuin Band
104. Mishima, Japan
105. Camarillo White Horse Assn.
106. Balian Ice Cream Co.
107. Pagosa Sparklers
109. Los Angeles Unified All-District High School Honor Band
110. U.S. Marshals Posse
Never on Sunday
When Jan.1 falls on a Sunday the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game are held the following day. Tournament officials in 1893 concluded that the parade would frighten horses tethered outside local churches and interfere with Sunday worship services.
The First Parade
On Jan.1, 1890, the Valley Hunt Club voted to present a parade of flower-decorated horses and buggies along with public games to resemble the “Battle of Flowers” festival in Nice, France. Two thousand people attended.
This year’s marshal is professional golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez. Notable past grand marshals include Shirley Temple, Herbert Hoover, Bob Hope, Gen. Omar Bradley, Richard Nixon, Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Apollo 12 astronauts, John Wayne, Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Stewart and William Shatner.
Each float must be entirely covered with natural and organic materials and conform to regulations of height, width, length and thematic design. This year’s theme is “Sports--Quest for Excellence.”
Parading Through When: Begins a 8 a.m. Monday and lasts about two hours. The Rose Bowl game starts at 1:50 p.m. *
Parking: Police say those wishing to park within easy walking distance should arrive about 6:30 a.m. Overnight parking on Pasadena streets is permitted beginning at noon on Jan. 1. All “No Parking” areas and red curb zones remain off limits, and vehicles in violation will be subject to impound and a fine. Metered parking will not be enforced Sunday and Monday. *
Seating: Curbside viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis. A Pasadena city ordinance allows the occupancy of curbside space beginning at noon Sunday. Most of the grandstand seats are sold through Sharp Seating Co., (818) 795-4171, and Marsden Bros., (310) 394-6639. *
The Route: The 5 1/2 mile parade route begins on South Orange Grove Boulevard, turning east on Colorado Boulevard and north on Sierra Madre Boulevard and ending at Paloma Street. *
The Police Department recommends avoiding Fair Oaks Ave. unless you have reserved parking in that area. *
Eastbound and westbound Sierra Madre and San Gabriel off-ramps closed 8 p.m. Sunday to 6 p.m. Monday. *
Eastbound Orange Grove off-ramp closed 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday. *
1.: Where parade units form. Closed to the public. *
2.: Public display of floats after the parade from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special viewing for the disabled from 7 to 9 a.m. Tuesday. * Source: C.E. Bent & Sons Inc., Pasadena Tournament of Roses Assn., Pasadena Police Department