Monday, January 7, 2013

The Float


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!

25 comments:

  1. Oh, Adele, what a beautiful float. So glad you are showing it to us. I watched the parade twice on TV here and missed it. A worthy prize winner. Thank You!

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  2. The one u snapped is gorgeous! I was excited when I heard Jane Goodall was Grand Marshall. Apparently the President of the Rose Parade listened to her daughter's suggestion...

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    1. Thanks, KBF! Wasn't that great? I heard that during the parade. Very nice!

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  3. how neat to see it in person...growing up we always watched it on tv! my mom was a big fan of the parade!

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  4. That is a beautiful float and capture! How amazing that he started designing floats at 13, found his talent early:)

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    1. Thanks, Lulu! I thought that was amazing!

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  5. These are incredible, having looked at some that Charles had done. Here in Leeds its a pretty amateurish thing.

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    1. I think so, too, Paul. But you can't beat the heart that goes into any float...

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  6. It's fun to visit the floats after the parade...they're so magnificent in person! Looks like Sierra Madre had a great one!!! Interesting that Charles Meier started out designing the South Pas float...at 13!!! When Dan was TheChief in SoPas, we went to the float fundraiser every year...So Pas is one of the few self built floats left in the parade...is Sierra Madre one too or since Charles has a design company, is it one of his???

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    1. I thought that was interesting, too! So great that you and The Chief had that involvement. As I understood it, Meier did the design as a favor, since he volunteered here so long. It's definitely a fully self-built float. Lots of volunteers!

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  7. PS-what happened to the golden photo that keeps popping up in my dashboard stream of Sierra Madre????

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    1. Aargh! The frustrating mystery continues... I accidentally hit publish instead of save, on a draft of a post. I hit "revert to draft" and it came down from my page. Apparently not from yours! Sorry about that. So much still to learn... :-0

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  8. Thank you for this impression of your environment very much. Please have a good Tuesday.

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  9. I wonder if Isabella Coleman was the daughter of Alice Coleman, wife of Ernest Batcheldor? Their house is in West Pasadena by the Arroyo.

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    1. Ooh - Love that question! I did a little bit of searching, and found that her name was Isabella Sturdevant, and she married David Coleman. Here's a link I found on Find-a-Grave (Now we need to find out if her husband was related to Alice...): http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=80731661

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    2. Just looked up one more quick thing: Alice's father was named Theodore, and was from New York (although he did, at some point, come to Pasadena and live with the Batchelders). David Coleman's father was named J.W., and was a member of the Massachusetts legislature.. So, although it seems to be too large of a coincidence for them to not be related, we'd have to do more searching to find the connection. Thanks, Bellis - this is interesting!

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  10. Yes, the local float did well this year, didn't they? The South Pasadena float won something as well.

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    1. It was a big year for the self-builts! I loved the South Pasadena float.

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  11. It's lovely. I love seeing the floats up close. Every little bit on them is organic.

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