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South Pasadena 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade Float

The image that went around the world.

South Pasadena 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade float. (Photo credit: Henk Friezer)
South Pasadena 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade float. (Photo credit: Henk Friezer)

Titled "Intergalactic Vacation," South Pasadena's float in the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day Wednesday was the perfect match for the parade's overall theme—"Dreams Come True.”

South Pas's float depicted an alien photographer pointing a camera at a vacationing family against the background of planet Earth in the distance.

An estimated 40,000 roses and carnations as well as 1.5 million flowers of bougainvillea were used to decorate the float, according to the South Pasadena Review. The float also carried 500 hand-crafted stars and more than 600 pounds of raw cotton meant to look like clouds, the paper said.

"The 2014 theme is a reminder that not only is it possible to reach seemingly impossible goals, but that by boldly pursuing those goals, we have actually attained them," Tournament of Roses Association President R. Scott Jenkins said last year

The theme of the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade was "Oh the Places You Will Go."
henk friezer January 02, 2014 at 01:28 PM
Congratulations to all the volunteers who spent the holiday season giving their time to build the float and create another masterpiece. It is truly unfortunate that those that do the judging did not look at the entry more closely, because as far as I am concerned it was one of the better entries in the parade (better than a lot those that were awarded prizes). Regardless, the entry from SPTOR was a winner in everyone else's eyes. They did the city proud! Hats off the tireless volunteers that produced a winner.

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