The Queen’s Trophy at the Rose Parade harks back to the roots of the celebration, when horses, carriages, and children’s wagons were bedecked with roses. It is given for “Most Effective Use and Display of Roses in Concept, Design and Presentation.”
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation won the 2013 trophy with “The Global Face of AIDS,” a simple and straightforward design from Fiesta Parade Floats. A 17-foot-tall red AIDS ribbon covered with more than 30,000 red Charlotte Roses ran the 50-foot length of the float. Another 10,000 in colors ranging from green to orange to purple were used to fill the six continents that were placed on either side of the float. Roses were placed in beds of fresh evergreen sprigs.
Botanicals from the six continents represented on the float—Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North and South America—were featured throughout. Riders, all of whom are living with HIV and AIDS, were chosen from around the world to emphasize “The Global Face of AIDS.”
For links to articles on award-winning floats as they are posted, bookmark “2013 Rose Parade floats: Award-winners, articles, and photos”
Stephanie Edwards of KTLA-5 said that the AIDS float was the only one in the 2013 Rose Parade that exclusively used roses for its fresh floral décor. He co-host Bob Eubanks added that 40,000 roses means 40,000 vials individually placed. Indeed, it can mean twice that, since the roses are typically kept in individual vials, and then moved to new vials with fresh water before they are placed.
On the front of the float, a rotating globe, 10 feet in diameter, featured the flags of the 26 countries serviced by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). The flags were created with blue sinuata statice, black onion seed, red ilex berries, yellow strawflower petals, green parsley flakes and white sweet rice, and the globe used contrasting golden clover seed and gold strawflower petals.
For more than 25 years, AHF has been caring for thousands of people living with HIV and AIDS, regardless of ability to pay. Based in Los Angeles, AHF is the largest AIDS service organization in the world, according to the press materials.
The theme of the 124th Rose Parade and 99th Rose Bowl Game was “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” The 125th Rose Parade and 100th Rose Bowl Game will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. The Tournament of Roses is a celebration that lasts several weeks in the fall and winter.
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