Celebrating Our Journey
The city of San Gabriel celebrates its centennial with a triumphant return to the Rose Parade® — its first entry in 40 years. This design beautifully evokes the romance of early California that is woven into San Gabriel’s heritage. The historic subject matter of this float echoes San Gabriel’s ongoing commitment to historic preservation.
Situated on the historic Camino Real, San Gabriel has played an important role in many journeys over the decades. While this design honors the city’s rich history, it also reflects on how San Gabriel has grown and will continue to grow in the years ahead.
The shady tree-lined boulevards of San Gabriel’s mission district are home to Mission San Gabriel Arcángel and the San Gabriel Playhouse as well as charming boutiques and fine restaurants. The area welcomes thousands of visitors each year.
Paradiso Parade Floats
Height: 26 feet
Width: 18 feet
Length: 35 feet
The city of San Gabriel commemorates its one hundredth birthday with its ﬁrst Rose Parade® ﬂoat in 40 years. The entry depicts a vibrant harvest celebration and hearkens back to a time when wine production was a key industry of the San Gabriel mission. The elegant Spanish-style architecture of the city’s iconic Grapevine Arbor frames the design while a pair of oxen draws a cart overﬂowing with grapes to the wine press. Baskets patterned after those of the Tongva native people cradle lush arrangements of produce and ﬂowers. The surrounding landscape blooms with fanciful ﬂowering trees, citrus and agave while thousands of roses in sunset hues carpet the base of the ﬂoat. Members of Folklor Pasión Mexicana de Los Angeles perform authentic folk dances alongside to period music played by the Arias Troubadours. While honoring San Gabriel’s rich history, the design also reﬂects on how the city has grown and will continue to grow in the years ahead.
Though sometimes mistaken for the San Gabriel Mission, the Grapevine Arbor represented on the float is actually a separate structure that was built several decades after the mission. The Grapevine Arbor is now a beloved landmark in its own right.
San Gabriel’s centennial entry is a jewel box of a float, showcasing a dazzling array of flowers in fiery oranges, yellows and reds. An abundance of roses accented with a wide variety of orchids, strelitzia, protea and leucadendron bloom in the lush garden landscape. The design also incorporates fresh produce, including oranges, lemons, limes and — most notably — hundreds of pounds of grapes.
Fine layers of rolled oats, cinnamon, sesame seed and walnut shell suggest the aged texture of the Grapevine Arbor. A virtually endless assortment of beans and seeds form the intricate patterns on the Tongva baskets. Each seed is precisely applied with tweezers to give the baskets their authentic look. Sundried sheet moss dusted with cinnamon creates the realistic fur of the oxen.