#MatteosDream: Rose Float Judging

How Judging Works at the Rose Parade

All floats entered in the Annual Tournament of Roses Parade are special, but less than half of all the floats receive special accolades, and December 31st is judgment day in Pasadena.

“Most people don’t realize that the judging actually takes place the day before the actual parade,” said Past District Governor Jon Casteel, who is also Vice President of Lions Float Inc. “We gather everyone who’s riding on the float and they have to smile and wave like they’re actually riding in the Parade.”

This year the Tournament of Roses has selected Cheryl Cecchetto, James Folsom and René van Rems to be float judges for the 125th Rose Parade. Twenty-four of the 46 floral masterpieces entered in the parade will receive awards in a variety of categories and specifications. Judges’ scores will be based on criteria such as creative design, floral craftsmanship, artistic merit, computerized animation, thematic interpretation, floral and color presentation and dramatic impact. Cecchetto, Folsom and van Rems were selected by the Tournament’s Judging Committee, chaired by Richard De Jesu. Tournament of Roses President Scott Jenkins announces the winning floats the morning of January 1, 2014.

“Rose Parade floats are designed, built and decorated by teams who put heart and soul into each unique presentation,” said De Jesu. “Our esteemed panel of judges looks at each float through a creative lens and identifies those elements that are most entertaining to viewers. All three judges bring a diverse set of skills that complement each other’s knowledge in their profession.”

You can read more about the judges on the Tournament of Roses website here.

The Lions Rose Parade Float: Matteo’s Dream

Matteo’s Dream, an inclusive playground built by Lions in Concord, Calif., for children of all abilities, was selected as the inspiration for this year’s float design. You can read more about it here.

It’s the first time Lions have ever selected an actual project instead of a general concept as their float design. Hopes are high that their float entry this year will take home one of the coveted trophies.

Rose Parade Trophies

Below is a list of some of the trophies awarded annual at the parade from Pasadena Star:

  • Governor’s Trophy: Best depiction of life in California.
  • Grand Marshal’s Trophy: Most creative concept and design.
  • Bob Hope Humor Trophy:Most comical and amusing.
  • International Trophy: Most beautiful entry from outside the United States.
  • Isabella Coleman Trophy: Best presentation of color and color harmony.
  • Judge’s Special Trophy: Outstanding showmanship and dramatic impact.
  • Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy: Most beautiful entry from a noncommercial sponsor.
  • Mayor’s Trophy: Most outstanding city entry.
  • National Trophy: Best depiction of life in the United States.
  • Past Presidents’ Trophy: Most innovative use of both floral and non-floral materials.
  • President’s Trophy: Most effective use and presentation of flowers.
  • Princesses’ Trophy: Most beautiful entry less than 35 feet in length.
  • Queen’s Trophy: Best use of roses.
  • Theme Trophy: Best presentation of the Rose Parade theme. The 2014 theme is “Dreams Come True.”
  • Tournament Special Trophy: Exceptional merit in multiple classifications.
  • Tournament Volunteers’ Trophy: Best floral design of parade theme less than 35 feet in length.

#MatteosDream Photo Contests

Lions Clubs International is showing support by hosting the first-ever social media contest on Facebook and Instagram. We’re giving several chances to win an official Matteo’s Dream Rose Parade commemorative pin.  You can read more details about the contest and the official rules here.

Additionally, we are asking Lions everywhere to continue sharing the YouTube video in an effort to spread the word about the unique story behind the float design.

Also, be sure to tune in on January 1, 2014 to see if Lions will take home one of the prestigious trophies.

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