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Rose Parade 2023: Here are the judges’ picks for best floats

The Tournament of Roses announced the 23 floats that were awarded official honors in the 134th Rose Parade on Monday, Jan. 2.

The honors recognize excellence in a variety of categories, officials said in a release.

The 2023 Sweepstakes Trophy, the most beautiful entry encompassing float design, floral presentation and entertainment, according to judges, was presented to Donate Life.

The remaining 2023 Rose Parade float award-winners include:

The Wrigley Legacy award, most outstanding display of floral presentation, float design and entertainment: Trader Joe’s. The builder was Phoenix.

The President award, most outstanding use and presentation of flowers: city of Torrance. The builder was Fiesta.

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The Leishman Public Spirit award, the most outstanding floral presentation from a non-commercial participant, Downey Rose Float Association. It was self-built.

The Extraordinaire award, the most extraordinary float: Cal Poly Universities. It was self-built.

The Queen award, most outstanding presentation of roses: city of Burbank. The builder was self-built.

The Director award, most outstanding artistic design and use of floral and non-floral materials: Lutheran Hour Ministries. The builder was Phoenix.

The Princess award, most outstanding floral presentation among entries 35 feet and under in length: Rotary Club International. The builder was Phoenix.

The Theme award, most outstanding presentation of the Rose Parade Theme: City of Hope. The builder was Phoenix.

The Judges award, most outstanding float design and dramatic impact: Western Asset. The builder was Phoenix.

The Tournament Volunteer award, most outstanding floral presentation of the Rose Parade Theme among floats 35 feet and under in length: city of Alhambra. The builder was Phoenix.

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The Past President award, most outstanding innovation in the use of floral and non-floral materials: Building Industry Association of Southern California. The builder was Fiesta.

The Showmanship award, most outstanding display of showmanship and entertainment: Louisiana Travel. The builder was Fiesta.

The Grand Marshal award, most outstanding creative concept and float design: AIDS Healthcare Foundation. The builder was Fiesta.

The Isabella Coleman award, most outstanding presentation of color and color harmony through floral design: Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom. The builder was Phoenix.

The Bob Hope Humor award for the most whimsical and amusing float: City of South Pasadena. The float was self-built.

The Animation award: San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. It was built by AES.

The Crown City Innovator award, the best use of imagination, innovation and technology: Bazic Products. It was built by AES.

The Fantasy award, the most outstanding display of fantasy and imagination: Blue Diamond Growers. The builder was AES.

The Americana award, the most outstanding depiction of national treasures and traditions: Trader Joe’s. The builder was AES.

The Golden State award, most outstanding depiction of life in California: Claremont McKenna College. The builder was Fiesta.

The Mayor award, most outstanding float from a participating city: La Canada Flintridge. The builder was self-built.

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The Founder award, most outstanding float built and decorated by volunteers from a community or organization: Sierra Madre Float Association. The float was self-built.

There was no International award granted this year.

Scores are based on criteria such as creative design, floral craftsmanship, artistic merit, computerized animation, thematic interpretation, floral and color presentation, and dramatic impact.

This year’s judges – Nicole Cavender, Lois Hiranaga and Jennie O’Hagan – reviewed each float during judging sessions that take place during the decorating stages before the parade. The judges used their scores from judging sessions held prior to the parade to determine the trophy recipients.

Banners for each award-winning float will be carried in the parade by select members of the Tournament of Roses Troop, which includes Gold Award Girl Scouts and Eagle Scouts.

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