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Sierra Madre Rose Float Association

The Sky's the Limit!

Isabella Coleman Trophy

The Sky

Members of the association voted to construct this float concept in February of 2012.

Sierra Madre's fanciful design encourages us to let our imaginations soar. It dares us to dream brave dreams and invites us to believe that all things are possible.

FLOAT BUILDER: Sierra Madre Rose Float Association

FLOAT DESCRIPTION: Height: 27 feet, Width: 18 feet, Length: 55 feet

With this fanciful design, Sierra Madre invites parade viewers to let their imaginations soar and believe that all things are possible. A spectacular 55-foot long floral kite floats among bluebirds, rainbows and stars, bearing three young dreamers on its tail. Dutch iris, cattleya orchids and a profusion of white roses suggest a cloud-streaked sky. Velvety red and royal purple carnations, yellow chrysanthemums, lime green Kermit mums, tangerines and limes create the technicolor floral palette.

Highly sophisticated hydraulic animation creates the illusion that the kite is flying overhead. Intricately designed mechanisms enable the kite to rise and fall, drift from side to side and twist clockwise and counter clockwise. The streamers at the corners of the kite spin so that they appear to blow in the breeze.

FLOWERING: Sierra Madre presents one of the most densely flowered entries in the parade. Thousands of bright red carnations, purple Florigene carnations, lime green Kermit button mums, and yellow chrysanthemums create the vibrant colors of the kite and rainbows. Dutch iris, cattleya orchids and a profusion of white "Tibet" roses suggest a cloud-streaked sky. Casablanca lilies, yellow China chrysanthemums, "Tresor 2000" and "Voodoo" roses provide floral highlights. Ti leaf, coconut flakes, blue statice, red lentils, strawflower confetti, tangerines and limes create textural accents.

The Florigene carnations featured on the float have been genetically engineered for their electric purple hue.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

The Sierra Madre Rose Float Association is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that funds its float solely through fundraisers and private donations. The association focuses on creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere for volunteers of all ages and has become a treasured institution in the community. Sierra Madre's float has won 6 awards in the last 7 years.

Sierra Madre's float was designed by Charles Meier and was inspired by an idea submitted by Maria Murray and Kait Walsh.

After designing many award-winning floats for Sierra Madre, Charles Meier started a new float-building company, Paradiso Parade Floats. Out of gratitude for Sierra Madre's years of love and support, Charles volunteered to help the association with the development of this year's design. Charles thanks Sierra Madre's volunteers for their ongoing encouragement.

ANIMATION: Highly sophisticated hydraulic animation creates the illusion that the kite is soaring overhead. Intricately designed mechanisms enable the kite to rise and fall, drift from side to side and twist clockwise and counter clockwise. The streamers at the corners of the kite spin so that they appear to blow in the breeze.

INNOVATION: This float received a special variance that permits the kite to move in a 24-foot wide arc. Typically floats are not allowed to animate beyond a maximum width of 18 feet.

FLOAT RIDERS: The three princesses of the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association ride on the tail of the kite. The princesses serve as community ambassadors.

Updated on: 1/1/2013 10:46:55 AM

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