Anaheim’s 2007 Rose Parade Float,
Winner of the Mayor’s Trophy
In its first entry since 1971, the City of Anaheim celebrated its 150th birthday with the world at the 2007 Rose Parade. Anaheim’s float, themed with the City’s sesquicentennial celebration motto, “Always Fresh & Never Grows Old,” reflected on the City’s rich past while looking to its vibrant future. Synergizing with the 2007 Rose Parade theme, of “Our Good Nature,” the float featured both the City’s historical agricultural roots while highlighting its contemporary landmarks. Decorated with a wide array of colorful flowers, oranges, grapes and other fruits, a depiction of the City’s namesake Santa “Ana” River ran through the center of the float. Landmarks such as Disneyland’s monorail and the Angel Stadium of Anaheim's haloed “A” suspended over the top of the float.
The monorail was covered in ground rice, silver leaf, black seaweed and statice. The area’s namesake oranges were covered in ground lentil, yellow split pea and rice; the orange crate “label,” which is the City’s anniversary logo, is “painted” with sesame and poppy seeds, lentils and statice flower. The sunflowers were created with sunflower “heads” and corn husk. The trademark Southern California palm trees were made up of commander fern and dendrobium orchids perched atop palm fiber enclosed trunks. The fireworks at the rear of the float exploded with dendrobium orchids presented in “bursts” and on “coco” sticks.