The Tournament of Roses - more commonly referred to as the Rose Parade - has become a New Year's Day tradition since its first inception in the 1890s. Marching bands and equestrians from all over converge on Pasadena, California to take part of this special event. It is the floats, however, that makes the parade really stick out. Using nothing but flower petals to decorate these masterpieces, countless volunteers have created designs that are truly unique and out of this world.
This year marked the Cunard Line's debut in the Rose Parade. Their float, entitled "A Grand Celebration at Sea," turned many heads as it rolled down Colorado Boulevard. Although smaller than most floats at 55 feet in length, 24 feet high and 18 feet wide, it was nevertheless elegant and beautifully designed. Cunard's entry won, appropriately enough, the Queen's Trophy for the best use of roses. How can one beat that?
References: "Cunard Wins Queen's Trophy in the 122nd Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade," Cunard, January 2, 2011, under "News Room," http://www.cunard.com/About-Cunard-Line/News-Room/Cunard-News/?art=6560 (accessed January 2, 2011).