25 Incredible Rose Parade Floats

See sensational floats from the annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.
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Photo By: Image courtesy of Phoenix Decorating

Photo By: Image courtesy of Phoenix Decorating

Dew Drop By

This fairy garden comes alive thanks to the Downey Rose Float Association which features a whimsical garden composed of moss, roses, carnations, anthuriums, Boston ferns and—of course— fairies.

All Paths Lead Home

HGTV won the Grand Marshal's Award for most creative concept and design at the 2013 Rose Parade. It featured a floral version of the 2013 Dream Home with riders Monica Pedersen and Carter Oosterhouse accompanied by—look closely!—two adorable penguins and a beagle.

Garden of Oz

"Garden of Oz" celebrates the movie's 70th anniversary with giant versions of the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and even Oz himself. There were 12,000 roses decorating this magical float, including one that traveled on a NASA space shuttle.

Sweet Dreams

Kenny G warms up the crowd on "clouds" of white flowers in the 2012 Tournament of Roses opening ceremony.

Hats Off In Celebration

The Prairie View A&M University Marching Band leads a 49-foot, rice and Helichrysum-covered ASIMO robot in the 2009 Rose Parade.

New Life Rises

A radiant phoenix soars from Donate Life's spirited 2010 float. Its tail feathers include portraits of organ donors made entirely out of flowers.

A Healing Place

Woodland critters join nurses from across the country in this 2013 float. Each animal is composed of a variety of natural materials, including strawflowers, poppy seeds and beans.

Enchanted Paradise

Giant orchids and palm trees delight in the Downey Rose Float Association's 2012 float. "Enchanted Paradise" lives up to its name—the float features gushing waterfalls and a fiery volcano.

Getting There is All the Fun

All aboard! This plane, train and automobile hybrid is made up of thousands of flowers and seeds.

HGTV 2012 Dream Home Float

The Kitchen Cousins, John Gidding and Casey Noble ride a grain-covered replica of the 2011 Dream Home. White and lavender mums create the snowy effect on the roof.

Sky's The Limit

Sierra Madre's 27-foot, floral kite rainbow tail, composed of fruits and vegetables, reminds the audience to dream big in the 2013 parade.


The La Canada Flintridge float, a colorful, animatronic brontosaurus, is the work of over 700 decorators and 30 construction workers. The dino has a quinoa stripe and crushed split peas for its belly.

Family First

Odd Fellow and Rebekah's 2010 float hosts a charming family of birds.

Oh, The Healthy Things You Can Do!

Kaiser Permanente pays tribute to the 2013 parade's "Oh, The Places You'll Go" theme with a Dr. Seuss fantasy-world. Cabbages, apples and plenty of roses are only a few of the natural elements that decorate the sensational float's exterior.

If Pigs Could Fly

If pigs could fly, we could only hope they would be as adorable as La Canada Flintridge's carnation piggies.

Dreaming of Paradise

Dole's enchanted float includes a 26-foot flaming volcano, three flower-lined waterfalls and vibrant jungle animals.

Rainforest Fiesta

"Rainforest Fiesta" boasts a vibrant jungle band covered in over 100,000 flowers.

Celebrating Our Rich Heritage

A flower and veggie Native American chief overlooks the 2008 Rose Parade.

Celebrating Our Journey

San Gabriel celebrated the city's centennial with this gorgeous float, a horse-drawn wagon carrying barrels of grapes, roses and other flowers.

Imagine in America

Western Asset Management's float celebrates America with a soaring eagle "Tree of Heroes." The Pasadena-based company also included a replica of the Rose Bowl, made from white rice, onion seeds, carnations, strawflower and a ring of roses.

Shining Knights Still Exist

A floral coat of arms leads the way for this stunning knight in Odd Fellow and Rebekah's 2012 entry.

Surf's Up!

This 119-foot float by Natural Balance, which broke a Guinness World Record for World's Longest and World's Heaviest Float, features a wave machine and another record-breaker: Tillman, a surfing bulldog.

Everybody Walk!

A giant caterpillar with ten moving legs in the Kaiser Permanente float encourages watchers to take a stroll through the great outdoors.

Aloha Festival

Kaiser Permanente's 2008 float features a Hawaiian festival scene composed of more than 35,000 roses, orchids, irises, delphinium and hydrangeas.

Our Champion

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation's 2012 "Our Champion" is a floral tribute to the late actress Elizabeth Taylor, who was a dedicated advocate for AIDS and HIV programs and research.

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