Pasadena Tournament of Roses Announces 2024 Float Awards Presented By FTD

Rose Queen Naomi Stillitano waves to parade-goers during the 135th Rose Parade. (Photo credit: Keyang Pang)

PASADENA, Calif. (January 1, 2024) – Today, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® announced the 23 floats awarded official honors in the 135th Rose Parade® presented by Honda. These awards recognize excellence in a variety of categories and specifications.

The 2024 Sweepstakes trophy, the most beautiful entry: encompassing float design, floral presentation and entertainment, was presented to San Diego Zoo. Since 1924, the Tournament of Roses has recognized one participant with the Sweepstakes Award for the most beautiful entry, encompassing float design, floral presentation, and entertainment. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Sweepstakes trophy and we’re celebrating with a specially designed arrangement to showcase the Award. Thank you to float judge Heather de Kok for her expertise in creating a beautiful display of remarkable red roses.

The 2024 Rose Parade float award-winners are (alphabetically):

The San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s float won the Sweepstakes Trophy at the 2024 Rose Parade. (Photo credit: Keyang Pang)

Sweepstakes Trophy-San Diego Zoo

Americana-The Cowgirl Channel

Animation Trophy- Trader Joe’s

Bob Hope Trophy- the UPS Store

The UPS Storexe2x80x99s float, winner of the Bob Hope Humor award during the 135th Rose Parade. (Photo credit: Keyang Pang)

Crown City Innovation Trophy- Cal Poly Universities

Directors’ Trophy- Pasadena Humane Society

Extraordinaire Trophy- Visit Newport Beach

The Visit Newport Beach float, “Jingle on the Waves,” winner of the Most Extraordinary Float award during the 135th Rose Parade. (Photo credit: Keyang Pang)

Fantasy Trophy- City of Alhambra

Founders’ Trophy- South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association

Golden State- La Canada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association

Grand Marshall’s Trophy- American Armenian Roses Float Association

International Trophy- Coding for Veterans

City of Alhambra float won the Fantasy Trophy. (Photo credit: Keyang Pang)

Isabella Coleman Trophy- Core Kidney Foundation

Judges’ Special Trophy- One Legacy Donate Life

Leishman Public Spirit- Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee

Mayor’s Trophy-Burbank Tournament of Roses Association

Past Presidents Trophy- Visit Lauderdale

President-Kaiser Permanente

The Sierra Madre Rose Float Association float, “Enchanted Music Box,” winner of the Most Outstanding Presentation of Flowers award during the 135th Rose Parade. (Photo credit: Keyang Pang)

Princess’ Trophy- City of Torrance

Queen’s Trophy- Sierra Madre Rose Parade Float Association

Showmanship Trophy-Louisiana Office of Tourism

The Explore Louisiana float “Feed Your Soul,” winner of the Showmanship award, during the 135th Rose Parade. (Photo credit: Keyang Pang)

Theme Trophy- Western Asset Management

Tournament Volunteers Trophy – Kiwanis International 

Wrigley Legacy- Downey Rose Float Association

The Downey Rose Float Association float “Rhythm of the Caribbean” winner of the Wrigley Legacy award during the 135th Rose Parade. (Photo credit: Keyang Pang)

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 – Heather de Kok, Judith K. Nakamura and Richard Schulhof – 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.

Rose Queen Naomi Stillitano and her Rose Court ride in the 135th Rose Parade. (Photo credit: Keyang Pang)
The El Segundo Little League team waves from atop the DirecTV float “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the 135th Rose Parade in Pasadena. (Photo credit: Keyang Pang)
The Tiger Squadron Flyover during the 135th Rose Parade . (Photo credit: Keyang Pang)

FTD® is the official floral partner of the Tournament of Roses. The iconic American company has been a valued partner of the Rose Parade for more than 60 years. FTD®brings their exquisite floral vision to life on the antique cars used in the Rose Parade which carry the Rose Parade VIPs down Colorado Blvd., including the Grand Marshal, Tournament of Roses President, Mayor of Pasadena and the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Inductees. FTD® is also the sponsor of the Rose Parade Float Awards.


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