2018 & 129th Tournament of Roses Parade: Dole's Sharing Nature's Bounty Wins Grand Marshal Award

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For those who woke up early on New Year's Day... many watched the beautiful floral floats make their way down Pasadena, California's main streets during the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade!

Dole Packaged Foods, LLC's 2018 Rose Parade® float, Sharing Nature's Bounty, took home the Grand Marshal award in this year's parade. Dole® has taken home eight float awards since 2011 and holds the record for the most Sweepstakes Trophy wins. Created by Fiesta Parade Floats, Sharing Nature's Bounty stood at 55 feet long, 18 wide and 26 feet high. 

Inspired by the "circle of life," Sharing Nature's Bounty features large animals from various ecosystems, a 16-foot tall waterfall flowing with over 2,000 gallons of recycled water and flowery detail made of more than 60,000 individual flowers. The float also serves to celebrate Dole's long-standing passion for environmental protection and sustainability in areas where the company grows and packages its products. 

"The parade theme gave us the privilege to emphasize the importance of giving back, to enrich people's lives and be a source of hope and inspiration for all communities," said David Spare, Vice President of Marketing, Dole Packaged Foods.

The 24 floats awarded official honors in the 129th Rose Parade presented by Honda. 

These awards recognize excellence in a variety of categories and specifications.

The 2018 Rose Parade float award-winners are (alphabetically):

SweepstakesMost beautiful entry: encompassing float design, floral presentation and entertainmentSingpoli American BDRising Above Paradiso
AmericanaMost outstanding depiction of national treasures and traditionsFarmers InsuranceHonoring Hometown HeroesPhoenix
AnimationMost outstanding use of animationUnderground Service Alert of Southern California (DigAlert)Making It Safe for AllFiesta
Bob Hope HumorMost whimsical and amusing floatLa Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses AssociationPanda-MoniumSelf-Built
Crown City InnovatorMost outstanding use of imagination, innovation and technologyThe Grand Tour-An Amazon Prime OriginalMake Your Own MomentumParadiso
DirectorMost outstanding artistic design and use of floral and non-floral materialsOdd Fellows and Rebekahs Rose FloatSacrifice to ServePhoenix
Extraordinaire TrophyMost extraordinary floatThe UPS Store, Inc.Books Bring Dreams to LifeParadiso
FantasyMost outstanding display of fantasy and imaginationSierra Madre Rose Float AssociationChivalry!Self-Built
FounderMost outstanding float built and decorated by volunteers from a community or organization Burbank Tournament of Roses Association   Sand-Sational HelpersSelf-Built
Golden StateMost outstanding depiction of life in CaliforniaCity of Riverside25th Annual Festival of LightsFiesta
Grand MarshalMost outstanding creative concept and float designDole Packaged FoodsSharing Nature's BountyFiesta
InternationalMost outstanding float from outside the United StatesChina AirlinesCaring for Our SeaAES
Isabella ColemanMost outstanding presentation of color and color harmony through floral designCity of HopeTransforming Lives with HopePhoenix
JudgesMost outstanding float design and dramatic impactAmerican Armenian Rose Float Association, Inc.Armenian RootsPhoenix
Leishman Public SpiritMost outstanding floral presentation from a non-commercial participantUnited Sikh MissionServing KindnessPhoenix
MayorMost outstanding float from a participating city City of TorranceProtecting Nature...The Madrona Marsh PreserveFiesta
Past PresidentMost outstanding innovation in the use of floral and non-floral materialsCal Poly Universities Dreams Take FlightSelf-Built
PresidentMost outstanding use and presentation of flowersWestern Asset Management CompanyOceans of PossibilityPhoenix
PrincessMost outstanding floral presentation among entries 35 feet and under in lengthRotary Rose Parade Float Committee, Inc.Planting the Seeds of ServicePhoenix
QueenMost outstanding presentation of rosesDowney Rose Float AssociationWorking TogetherSelf-Built
ShowmanshipMost outstanding display of showmanship and entertainmentTrader Joe'sHats OffPhoenix
ThemeMost outstanding presentation of the Rose Parade ThemeDonate LifeThe Gift of Time Paradiso
Tournament VolunteerMost outstanding floral presentation of the Rose Parade Theme among floats 35 feet and under in lengthShriners Hospitals for ChildrenCaring for Kids Around the WorldPhoenix


Scores are based on criteria such as creative design, floral craftsmanship, artistic merit, computerized animation, thematic interpretation, floral and color presentation, and dramatic impact.

This year’s judges – María Eugenia Carrion, Bradley Kaye, and James Sutton-- reviewed each float during judging sessions that take place during the decorating stages before the parade. The judges used their scores from the judging sessions to determine the trophy recipients. Banners for each award-winning float will be carried in the parade by select members of the Tournament of Roses Troop, which includes Gold Award Girl Scouts and Eagle Scouts.


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