The 2019 Sweepstakes award for the most beautiful entry, which encompasses float design, floral presentation and entertainment, was presented to the UPS Store Inc. for its “Books Keep Us on Our Toes” float.
In alphabetical order, the other winners were:
Americana Award for most outstanding depiction of national treasures and traditions: Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, “Garden, Fresh,” Phoenix
Animation Award for most outstanding use of animation: Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn., “Stompin’ Good Time,” self-built
Bob Hope Humor for most whimsical and amusing float: Northwestern Mutual, “Spend Your Life Living,” Fiesta
Crown City Innovator for most outstanding use of imagination, innovation and technology: Trader Joe’s Co., “Ride Captain Ride,” Phoenix
Director for most outstanding artistic design and use of floral and non-floral materials: Sierra Madre Rose Float Assn., “Harmony’s Garden,” self-built
Extraordinaire award for most extraordinary float: Cal Poly Universities, “Far Out Frequencies,” self-built
Fantasy award for most outstanding display of fantasy and imagination: Western Asset Management Co., “Yellow Submarine,” Phoenix
Founder award for most outstanding float built and decorated by volunteers from a community or organization: La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn., “Tree Frog Night!,” self-built
Golden State award for most outstanding depiction of life in California: Big Bear Rose Parade Assn., “Play-Rest-Repeat,” Fiesta
Grand Marshal award for most outstanding creative concept and float design: Stella Rosa Wines, “Taste the Magic featuring Kool & The Gang,” Fiesta
International award for most outstanding float from outside the United States: China Airlines, “Rhythm of Taiwan,” AES
Isabella Coleman award for most outstanding presentation of color and color harmony through floral design: United Sikh Mission, “A Divine Melody Resonates in All,” Phoenix
Judges award for most outstanding float design and dramatic impact: Donate Life, “Rhythm of the Heart,” Fiesta
Leishman Public Spirit award for most outstanding floral presentation from a non-commercial participant: Easterseals, “Celebrating Easterseals 100 Years of Disability Services,” Fiesta
Mayor award for most outstanding float from a participating city: South Pasadena Tournament of Roses, “Three Little Birds,” self-built
Past President award for most outstanding innovation in the use of floral and non-floral materials: Underground Service Alert of Southern California (DigAlert), “Backyard Harmony,” Fiesta
President award for most outstanding use and presentation of flowers: City of Hope, “Harmony of Hope,” Phoenix
Princess award for most outstanding floral presentation among entries 35 feet and under in length: City of Alhambra, “Home Tweet Home,” Phoenix
Queen award for most outstanding presentation of roses: Farmers Insurance Group, “A Carousel of Experience,” Phoenix
Showmanship award for most outstanding display of showmanship and entertainment: Universal Pictures & Dreamworks Animation presents How To Train Your Dragon, “How to Train Your Dragon – The Hidden World,” AES
Theme award for most outstanding presentation of the Rose Parade theme: Shriners Hospitals for Children,”Fezzy’s Garden of Hope and Healing,” Phoenix
Tournament Volunteer award for most outstanding floral presentation of the Rose Parade theme among floats 35 feet and under in length: City of Torrance / Torrance Rose Float Assn., “The Power of Music,” Fiesta
Wrigley Legacy award for most outstanding display of floral presentation, float design and entertainment: Dole Packaged Foods, “Rhythm of Paradise,” Fiesta
For more than a decade, members of the Pasadena Pacers running club have gotten up early to run the parade route.
They call it the “Rose Parade bandit run,” a vestige of a time when they were not welcome on the route. But now they are, said Michael Ramos of Azusa, the club's vice president.
The group meets up, runs to see the floats on Orange Grove Boulevard, and then runs back, he said. The runners get a chance to smell the parade float flowers and take selfies. This year, 150 to 200 people turned out, the largest number to date.
Justin Caballes and his friends have attended the parade together for about five years now. Each year they get more thrifty about staying warm. A fire pit is the way to go, they said. It’s true- several people who’ve passed by their set up point and shout— “look it’s a camp fire” pic.twitter.com/9dYKoQy0k6
A group of friends who attended Pasadena High School together and have braved the Rose Parade’s biting cold for the past five years set up camp by Colorado Boulevard and Bonnie Avenue overnight.
By 5:30 a.m. — it was still dark out — three of them were asleep, slumped in folding camp chairs and huddled in blankets next to a flickering fire barrel. Justin Caballes pulled out a hot dog and a bun from a plastic bag — his first of the day.
Cody Smith said it’s the first year he didn’t bring his sleeping bag because he drove to the parade route straight from work.
About 2 a.m. - 6 hours before start time - the floats get into position on Orange Grove - as members of the public get a close look at the massive, flower-covered vehicles. #roseparadepic.twitter.com/yjMXb3HtTL
The idea came as they prepared to set up on the sidewalk, Christina Carreon, 54, said.
She and her husband, Rudy Cervantes, of Whittier, arrived around 8:30 p.m. and were planning to set up under some bleachers when she noticed the view from their truck wasn’t too bad — they had a direct line of sight of the road where the floats will come by.
So as scores of campers set up air mattresses, hammocks, cots, or sleeping bags, the couple decided they could just squeeze their air mattress into the back of their pickup.
Two-minute warning!” Jacob Botello hollered out as the last couple of minutes of 2018 came down.
The crowd began to chant.
“Five, four, three, two ...” Botello and his mother, Mary Botello, let off party poppers that filled the air with confetti with a loud pop as police cars driving down Colorado Blvd. sounded their sirens. People cheered and yelled “Happy New Year!” as more confetti blew into the streets.