As the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and community partners enter the final stretch leading up to the 2022 Rose Parade presented by Honda, the third in a series of sneak previews of floral float entries reveal the spectacle that awaits streetside and worldwide broadcast audiences on Saturday, January 1, 2022.
This year’s float entries will continue the tradition of colorful florals, dramatic storytelling, creative designs, and spirited riders and outwalkers that have been Rose Parade hallmarks for more than 130 years. The theme of the 133rd Rose Parade — “Dream. Believe. Achieve.” — inspired float designs from mainstays City of Alhambra, Downey Rose Float Association, Farmers Insurance and Odd Fellows & Rebekahs, returning entrants Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day and San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, and newcomers California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) and Medically Home. Their design concepts range from whimsical and fantastic to humorous and heartfelt, reflecting the range of spectacular, supersized stories that have been embraced for generations.
Dozens of commercial, non-commercial, and self-built floats will join 20 marching bands, 18 equestrian units, and dignitaries - including Grand Marshal LeVar Burton - riding in vintage automobiles in making the 5.5-mile procession along Pasadena’s historic Colorado Boulevard on New Year’s Day 2022. The 2022 Rose Parade’s full float lineup and complete order of march will be announced in December.
California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA)
The California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) float entry recognizes the 100th anniversary of its national organization, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), by celebrating the impact that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants have on the lives of persons of all ages and abilities. The float showcases the kinetic energy of three larger-than-life individuals thriving as they return to meaningful activities such as school, sports, or work after receiving physical therapy. From adapting to prosthetic limbs and spinal cord injuries to restoring mobility after knee surgery, “Physical Therapists Improve the Way You Move.” (Artistic Entertainment Services)
City of Alhambra
The City of Alhambra’s 93rd float entry emerged from a citywide art contest open to all students K-12 that reside in the City of Alhambra. The city’s iconic green art deco sign serves as the guidepost for a classic yellow school bus that has been souped up in the shop. As the bus makes its way down the boulevard, oversized racing slick tires, a chrome bumper and grill, blown big block engine, custom silver exhaust pipes and classic flame paint job bring to life a refrain heard in classrooms and playgrounds worldwide: “School Rocks!” (Phoenix Decorating Co.)
Downey Rose Float Association
Reading is a foundation for not only learning but also as fuel for the imagination to run wild. Pouring through pages of books expands knowledge, promotes creativity, and makes dreams seem achievable. Downey’s 68th float entry presents three storybooks, each offering promising a dramatically different journey. A 1950s-era rocket blasts off from the first book, followed by two tigers frolicking in the jungle. An underwater scene emerges from the third tome, with a colorful submarine and turtle traveling through the ocean. From the stars to a safari to under the sea, “Reading: It’s An Adventure.” (Self-built)
The 2022 Rose Parade float from Farmers Insurance celebrates employees and agents “Soaring to New Heights” with courage, commitment, and confidence. Through dedication and perseverance, they achieve their dreams, from surfing huge waves and climbing mountain peaks to soaring through the sky on a hang glider and navigating rough terrain to cross a finish line. As with all Farmers floats, these scenes come to life with vibrant flowers and dynamic elements, such as a shooting geyser. “Soaring to New Heights” merges the beauty of nature and the satisfaction of dreaming big, believing boldly, and achieving greatness. (Phoenix Decorating Co.)
The inaugural float entry from Medically Home depicts the heroic journey undertaken to deliver a new era of hospital-level care for millions of patients and their families. “Home Is Where My Hospital Is” represents the dragon of herculean obstacles that had to be overcome to safely hospitalize patients in their homes. The float symbolizes the spirit of perseverance of everyone involved to achieve this impossible dream– a global movement on behalf of patients. (Phoenix Decorating Co.)
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day has created inspiring, garden-scented products rooted in goodness found in clean and happy homes since 2001. This year, Mrs. Meyer’s float portrays a charming garden featuring its iconic “line lady” guiding a floral wheelbarrow overflowing with garden-inspired scents. The float is crafted with the same flowers and herbs that inspire Mrs. Meyer’s limited-edition spring scents including Mint, Lilac, Rose and, the newest scent in its collection, Daisy. The 55-foot floral celebration is complete with a spray of water flowing from a lovely silver watering can, signaling Mrs. Meyer’s love of nature, regrowth of spring, and optimistic hope for the future of our planet. (Phoenix Decorating Co.)
Odd Fellows & Rebekahs
“Arctic Dream” commemorates polar exploration and calls attention to the importance of the polar regions to our climate. As they explore aboard the Odd Fellows & Rebekahs’ 71st Rose Parade float entry, members encounter wildlife found at the North and South Pole. While encountering polar bears and penguins at once is possible only in a “dream,” they are sending us an early warning of the dangers facing us all. Achieving the dream of a secure future for polar bears and penguins will benefit all life on earth.
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is an international conservation organization committed to making connections between people and wildlife every day at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. The theme, “Creating Wildlife Allies,” celebrates their dedication to wildlife in eight conservation hubs on six continents. Their veterinarians, nutritionists, researchers, and wildlife care specialists work not only at the Zoo and Park, but also alongside over 200 partners around the world. The float proudly represents their history and passion for conservation by highlighting the Lion, Rhino, and Condor. By working with partners around the world, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is creating greater outcomes for wildlife for the next generation and beyond. (Artistic Entertainment Services)