Fiesta Parade Floats
Oh, The Healthy Things You Can Do!
Kaiser Permanente takes a broad and active view of health and has for more than 60 years. We believe that good health is not something that is created solely in a doctor’s office but is realized every day by the way we choose to live our lives. We believe preventing illness and injury is as important as treating it. And that begins by achieving total health through mind, body, and spirit.
Updated on: 1/1/2013 10:17:18 AM
Today, Kaiser Permanente looks to spread health not only to our members, but to everyone in the community. We reach beyond our facility walls to nurture healthy minds, bodies, and spirits, and even the environment. The significance of this year’s theme ties into the idea that Kaiser Permanente is committed to health beyond the doctor’s office. When you are healthy – in body and mind – the things you can do are beyond your imagination and the places you’ll go are endless.
“Oh, the Healthy Things You Can Do” is about finding your own thing. Being healthy has no rules! Run or walk, dance or hula-hoop. Read a book, or read to someone else. These are all things that make your mind and body healthy.
FLOAT BUILDER: Fiesta Parade Floats
FLOAT DESCRIPTION: Height: 26 Feet, Width: 18 Feet, Length: 55 Feet
The mischievous Cat in the Hat has charmed and entertained children for over 40 years in best selling and easy to read books, movies and educational programs for the young and young-at-heart. In this whimsical floral scene of Kaiser Permanente’s eighth Rose Parade float entry his goal is to get kids up and moving with imaginative fun-filled exercise and activities. “Oh, the Healthy Things You Can Do” is about finding your own thing.
Being healthy has no rules! Run or walk, dance, bike or hula-hoop. Read a book, or read to someone else. These are all things that make your mind, body and spirit healthy. Much to the delight of Sally and Conrad, swinging high above the scene, the Cat in the Hat takes a break from his usual form of chaos and takes a moment to read to Thing One and Thing Two out in the colorful garden and fresh air. This energizing scene gets the kids outdoors and moving as they swing, teeter-totter and bike. With the Cat in the Hat’s help these kids are starting off the New Year right with all the healthy things they can do!
Daily exercise, nutritional food, and healthy choices help build great bodies and healthy minds. Kaiser Permanente’s whimsical float was selected to emphasize the importance of active living and its educational campaign aimed at getting Americans, with special focus on America’s youth, up and moving.
The Cat in the Hat wears a hat and tie fashioned from whole red and white carnations, gloves of sweet rice with fur of velvety black onion seed and crisp white coconut flake. He rests in an overstuffed chair of green Kermit button mums and chartreuse lichen. His mischievous friends, Thing One and Thing Two, wear suits of red ilex berries with blue sinuata statice hair. Karlos K. Krinklebein, the fish, is covered in red lentil beans, individual applied one by one, and sits within a Wedgwood blue teapot created in statice blossoms.
Sally and Conrad are dressed in an array of floral materials including rust-colored safflower spice, orange and peach lentil beans, white sweet rice, green parsley flakes and lavender sinuata statice. She has hair of golden flax seed and he has hair styled in light brown flax seed. Both have skin created in a mixture of walnut shell, paprika and cornmeal. Looming high above are fanciful mushrooms of yellow strawflowers, shiny black beans and vibrant purple dendrobium orchid florets with stems created in cobra leaves accented with strands of braided raffia. Over 10,000 roses create the colorful balls of cream Vendelia, red Charlotte, pink Carousel, hot pink Princess and yellow Gold Strike roses floating over fanciful coral tone gardens of 15,000 Movie Star roses and multi-toned gerberas.
All past Kaiser Permanente float entries have won awards including the Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy in 2012, the Director’s Trophy in 2011, Extraordinaire Trophy in 2010, Tournament Special Trophy in 2009, Director’s Trophy in 2008, the President’s Trophy in 2007, and the Director’s Trophy again in 2006.
For the eighth year, volunteer employee decorated the Kaiser Permanente float in the Rose Parade. For the eighth year, volunteer employee decorated the Kaiser Permanente float in the Rose Parade. All past Kaiser Permanente float entries have won awards including the Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy in 2012, the Director’s Trophy in 2011, Extraordinaire Trophy in 2010, Tournament Special Trophy in 2009, Director’s Trophy in 2008, the President’s Trophy in 2007, and the Director’s Trophy again in 2006.
A mixture of both live and animated motions. The Cat in the Hat turns his head from side to side as the pet fish and teapot spins. Sculptured figures of Sally and Conrad swing high above the deck. The young adults riding on the float swing, teeter-totter and “pedal” bicycles. Whimsical music adds to the fun of this colorful float.
The over-height Cat in the Hat and sculptured mushrooms “fold” from a height of 26 feet down to 16 feet to enable the float to cross under low wires and the freeway bridge along the parade route. Special permission was received from the Dr. Seuss family to duplicate these memorable and loveable characters from the Dr. Seuss book series.
Kaiser Permanente’s 2013 float riders are young patients (ages 12 – 18) nominated by their physicians because of their positive spirit and ability to thrive while facing serious medical issues.
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