Cool Places to See Flowers: The Rose Parade


The Rose Parade or the Tournament of Roses Parade is an annual festival  where the main attraction is the parade of larger than life, intricate flower-covered floats! The event is held on New Year’s Day (or the day after if the holiday falls on a Sunday) in Pasadena, California. Along with the floats, the Rose Parade also features high energy marching bands, dancers and equestrian entertainment.

Rules state that the entire float must be covered in fresh flowers, seeds, tree bark and other natural materials. Artificial flowers and plant material or artificially-coloured materials are not allowed. In the past, the floats were created by volunteers. Today, professional float companies construct these elaborate floats, which can take up to a year to complete.

At the end of the parade, the floats are parked and displayed at the end of the parade route for a day and a half (or two and a half days if the Jan 1st is a Friday).

This year’s theme is based on the Dr. Seuss’ book, “Oh, the Places You Will Go!” and featured 42 floats, 23 marching bands and 21 equestrian units. Here are some photos from the 2013 Rose Parade:

Photo Credit: latimes.com

Photo Credit: latimes.com

Photo Credit: latimes.com

Photo Credit: latimes.com

2013 Rose Parade flower float

Photo Credit: latimes.com

2013 Rose Parade float

photo credit: latimes.com

The Rose Parade started in 1890 to celebrate California’s mild winter and abundance of fresh flowers. Today, the Rose Parade is as popular as ever with thousands of spectators along the parade route and millions more watching at home. The parade is broadcast worldwide in more than 200 countries.

About Connor Lowry

I love flowers! I enjoy writing about them as well as gardening. Mostly I love finding new and unique flower gardening ideas I encourage you to post regularly on this blog, and send in guest blogs or ideas for new blogs as well. New and exciting blogs are always welcome I intend to post a lot of interesting facts and fun stuff about flowers, as well as info on many varieties of flowers.
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