Rose Parade Post Parade: A Showcase of Floats, Tournament of Roses, Chapter Three out of Six

Leeza Gibbons is my favorite Rose Parade commentator by far. There are a few close seconds, but I just really enjoy hearing her voice and seeing her enthusiasm during the broadcast each year on New Year’s day.


Leishman Public Spirit Trophy winner. United Sikh Mission, Serving Kindness. The float features a replica of the world’s largest free kitchen at The Golden temple Amritster, India.

The embroidered umbrellas give shade to volunteers chopping and preparing food. This float is a replica of the world’s largest free kitchen, serving an average of 100,000 people a day.
Over 90,000 flowers and 500 lbs. of vegetables including: bright purple, white, and green cauliflower heads, bitter melons, collard, Swiss chard, butternut, red kuri, and colorful squash, zucchini, carrots and bell peppers.
Not a single person pays for their meal. One of many Sikh beliefs. No one is ever turned away, food never runs out.
The float highlights ancient Jujube trees of the Golden temple, considered to be 440 yrs old.

Kiwanis International float, Racing to Serve Children. Float theme, Children’s Dreams The World’s Potential. Red kidney beans, blue status and carnations on soap box car. Coca sticks, onion powder used for whiskers on tiger.
The Kiwanis celebrated their 50th anniversary in the 1965 Tournament of Roses Parade. Kiwanis became a permanent fixture in this parade starting in 1986.
Lutheran Hour Ministries Laymen’s League float, Bringing Christ to the Nations.
Cattleya orchids and iris’s depict the sea. Boat made of hand carved redwood bark and coffee. Volunteers on float help make a difference in the lives of others.
Sail made of, paperbark, white gypsophila and white clover seed includes map of world.
Scotts Miracle-Gro float. This flower reached a height of 24 feet!
This float includes 150 different botanical materials from six continents. Over 27,000 roses decorate the float. Scotts Miracle-Gro Company float, theme title, 150 years and growing.
Bee with gigantic flower made from; black niger seeds & yellow strawflower petals.


Larger than life sculpted flowers including bearded iris, coneflowers, daffodils and lilies create food and shelter for bees, dragonflies, butterflies and hummingbirds.
Over 20,000 hot pink Princess Roses adorn this float.
The Garden arbor includes; crushed coconut chips, fuchsias, green manzanita leaves & curly ferns.
Ty Pennington rode on this Miracle-Gro float along with, six extraordinary individuals who’ve made a lasting impact in their local community.

This year Gary Sinise was Grand Marshal. His foundation helps U.S military veterans.

Stay tuned for more pictures and descriptions detailing each float we encountered in January. Make sure to take a look at Chapter One and Chapter Two.

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2 Replies to “Rose Parade Post Parade: A Showcase of Floats, Tournament of Roses, Chapter Three out of Six”

  1. Wow! So many cool photos of the floats. You did a good job documenting the floats.

    1. Why thank you sweetheart! I’ve been doing my research.

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