TWO HUNDRED MILE AWARD -- CAL POLY UNIVERSITIES
|This award goes to the California Grown float with the best use of flowers grown within 200 miles of Pasadena. The Cal Poly float, as usual, was one of the best in the parade. The float qualified as California Grown because 85% of the flowers used were grown in California. Even closer to home, many of the flowers on the float are grown by students on the Cal Poly campus.|
|Always funny, always unique and California Grown to boot.|
|California Clock Co.makes the famous Kit Cat Clocks. The company's clocks are California- made all the way and they wouldn't go for imported flowers on their float. Though rookie entrants, they broke with Rose Parade convention and used all California grown flowers on their float. The picture does not do justice to this effort which was exceptionally colorful and featured skateboarders and great music.|
BEST CHEER SQUAD -- WISCONSIN BADGERS
|Like the badger.|
BEST BAND -- WISCONSIN BADGERS
BEST LIVING CELEBRITY -- DICK ENBERG
BEST DECEASED CELEBRITY -- ROY ROGERS
Best living celebrity had to be Hall of Fame announcer Dick Enberg. He rode in the parade with other greats and carried a sign with his trademark "Oh My" exclamation.
BEST LION -- LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY
LMU is an extraordinary college and they put together a pretty good float too. The float celebrates the school's 100th year. This is the first time Loyola has participated with a parade entry since 1936.
MOST ANTICIPATED FLOAT -- NATURAL BALANCE
Longest float ever, heaviest float ever and surfing dogs. This was the one everyone waited to see. Only one problem -- it was hard to see the show standing on the ground. I heard this was great on TV, but was kind of a disappointment from where I stood.
BEST MUNICIPAL FLOAT -- SIERRA MADRE
fewer and fewer cities are paying to build floats for the parade. Kudos to Sierra Madre, La Canada, Alhambra, South Pas and Glendale for hanging in there. I don't remember an Arcadia float, but otherwise all of Pasadena's neighbors entered floats. I like the show of the regional pride, but seems strange to me they would build their floats with imported flowers.