Monday, January 7, 2013
On Thursday I was able to stop by briefly to snap a few photos of our city's Rose Parade Float while it was displayed in Kersting Court. Not a moment too soon, because it left within an hour of my stop-in (phew!).
The many hands that make up the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association have much to be proud of, having won awards for seven out of the last eight years. Charles Meier was the designer of this year's float, and of many of our city's award-winners. He now runs his own boutique float-design company, Paradiso Floats, which is housed near the Rose Bowl. A profile of Meier, with photos of some of his floats - including the South Pasadena Rose Parade entry he designed at the age of thirteen - is available here.
The Rose Float Association's 2013 entry won the Isabella Coleman Award for Best Presentation of Color and Color Harmony Through Floral Use. According to this interesting article, Isabella Coleman was involved in the early days of the Rose Parade, beginning with helping her mother to decorate the family's electric car in 1904, at the age of 12. She went on to pioneer many of the techniques that are used today, designing more than 300 Rose Parade floats in her 55-year career.
I hear that the Association will begin working on ideas and designs for the 2014 float very soon. Can't wait to see what next year brings!