Rose Parade: Scenes From Parades Past

On colorful floats, fantasies take form in flowers. Here are a few scenes from favorite past Rose Parades.
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Photo By: Phoenix Decorating

Photo By: Phoenix Decorating

2010 Rose Parade Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Float

This entry, sponsored by the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs, won the Princess Award for most beautiful float in the 2010 parade. — Image courtesy of Phoenix Decorating

Rose Parade 2010 Donate Life Float

Sponsored by Donate Life, this entry won an award for best representing the theme of the 2010 parade, "A Cut Above the Rest." Depicting a phoenix rising from the ashes, the float memorializes organ donors and others who have given the gift of life. — Image courtesy of Phoenix Decorating

Rose Parade 2009 Robot Float

A 49-foot-tall replica of American Honda's humanoid robot repeatedly "doffed" his top hat in honor of Rose Parade 2009's theme, "Hats Off to Entertainment." The float won the theme trophy award.

Rose Parade 2009 Garden of Oz Float

Scarecrow, Tin man, Cowardly Lion, the Wizard, the Good Witch and Dorothy meet in the “Garden of Oz,” in honor of the 70th anniversary of the film classic. Sponsored by Bayed Advanced, the float won the fantasy trophy award.

Rose Parade 2008 Rainforest Float

A gecko, snake and frog "band" accompanies a pair of singing Toucans in a rainforest made of wheatgrass. This float, for Rose Parade 2008, was the 30th self-built float for La Canada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association.

Rose Parade 2008 Tropical Canoe Float

Dressed in traditional skirts and sarongs, four sculpted children ride the waves in an island paradise. One child paddles an enormous outrigger canoe, while dolphins frolic alongside. Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente for Rose Parade 2008.

Rose Parade 2008 Train Float

"Crewmembers" ride a flying auto-train towing a colorful travel trailer. And, adding to the fun of getting there, the happy travelers are relaxing with a barbecue, volleyball game, sunbathing and even parasailing. The auto/train will soar to 35 feet as it flies along the parade route. Sponsored by Trader Joe's for Rose Parade 2008.

Rose Parade 2009 Native American Float

This stately (and enormous) figure of a Native American leader, surrounded by wildlife, celebrated the nation's heritage in Rose Parade 2008. Sponsored by Farmers Insurance.