If ever a float was a shoe-in for the Rose Parade Theme Trophy, it was Kaiser Permanente’s Cat in the Hat riding down Colorado Blvd. surrounded by characters from the eponymous Dr. Seuss book while reading Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, another Dr. Seuss book that was chosen by President Sally Bixby as the theme of the 2013 Rose Parade.
“Oh, the Healthy Things You Can Do!” was built by Fiesta Parade Floats and was awarded the Theme Trophy for “Excellence in Presenting Parade Theme.” The Cat in the Hat took center place, with his buddies Thing One and Thing Two on either side. Sally and Conrad swung from mushrooms and Karlos K. Krinklebein the fish splashed in a spinning teapot.
The Cat’s head moved from left to right as he read the book, which moved up and down. Float riders swung, seesawed and pedaled bicycles. The Cat’s head and the gigantic mushrooms folded to 16 feet to go under the overpass towards the end of the parade route.
The eight riders were chosen for their commitment to being healthy: three members of the Silver Stars senior tap-dancing group, Marge Avants (88), Donna Evans (80) and Jackie Wells (77); Darin Miller, an RN and triathlete; Madison Friend (14), who started a foundation after being diagnosed with lymphoma; Tre Duplechan (16), whose goal is to return to athletics while battling one illness after another; Janavien Gago (13), a budding pediatrician with aplastic anemia; and Jesse Campos (17), who battled obesity and won.
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Outwalkers dressed in bright-colored Seussian costumes danced alongside. The 16 are all Kaiser physicians and staff who believe in the health benefits of dance.
Flowering included red and white carnations, sweet rice, black onion seed and white coconut flakes for the Cat, who sat on an overstuffed chair of Kermit mums and lichen; red ilex berries and blue sinuata statice Things; red lentils applied one at a time on the fish and statice for its Wedgewood teapot; spice, lentils, rice, parsley, statice, flax seed, walnut shell, paprika and cornmeal for Sally and Conrad. More than 25,000 roses in cream, red, pink, and yellow were used.
Kaiser floats, designed by Raul Rodriguez and built by Tim Estes and Jim Hynd of Fiesta Parade Floats, have won trophies all of the eight years they have entered.
The theme of the 124th Rose Parade and 99th Rose Bowl Game was “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” The Tournament of Roses is a celebration that lasts several weeks in the fall and winter, with the high points being the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game on New Year’s Day.