2018 Rose Parade
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE UNRIVALED CELEBRATION
The 2018 Rose Parade took place on January 1st, with the theme “Making a Difference.” This year’s parade marks the 129th Rose Parade, and featured live performances from Earth, Wind & Fire, Andy Grammer and Todrick Hall, local dancing and marching bands, and, of course, the parade floats! Below are some of the highlights of the unrivaled celebration, including members of the Podley Properties family.
Bill Podley and Family Ride Through the Parade on the Valley Hunt Club’s Horse-Drawn Carriage
Did you know… The Valley Hunt Club originated the Rose Parade in 1890. Memorabilia of the time show that it was a “Tournament of Roses” — the name being coined by Charles F. Holder and inspired by the flower festival at Nice and pre-Lenten “War of the Roses” in Rome. The Valley Hunt Club has been an annual participant since 1983.
Sierra Madre Rose Float Association wins the Fantasy Award with “Chivalry!”
Fun Fact: Sierra Madre is the smallest city to enter a float in the parade. The volunteers comes together to self-build and self-fund the annual float creation. A Rose blossom tree graces the front of the float. A First Aid kit is being used by young boy standing on a parapet to bandage a lady dragon’s paw.
La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association wins the Bob Hope Humor Award for the most whimsical and amusing float with “PandaMonium.”
The float winners from the “Echoes of Success” 103th Rose Parade have been crowned! Presenting 96 entries of 42 floats, 22 bands, and 19 equestrians. Podley Properties is proud of the honors both Sierra Madre and La Cañada Flintridge were awarded.
MAYOR’S AWARD for the “The Cat’s Away”
Sierra Madre has won 11 awards in 12 years for their Rose Parade floats! This year’s float was the town’s 85th entry, going back to 1917. The Mayor’s Award described by the Tournament as “Most Outstanding City Entry.”
La Cañada Flintridge:
BOB HOPE HUMOR AWARD for the “Backyard Rocketeer”
When it comes to floats, La Cañada is old school being one of only five small cities that still rely on volunteers for the entire project. During the year, some 80 volunteers take on the design and building of the mechanicals.
To see the full list of winners, click here.