In a twist on the 126th Tournament of Roses Parade theme, Trader Joe’s found inspiration in a bowl of soup and makes a punny play on the idea of a bed, taking home the Crown City Innovation Trophy for best use of imagination & innovation to advance the art of float design. Temple City High School kids find their inspiration in a stellar music program and having two young women on the 2015 Royal Court. Click through the slideshow to see the photos on these entries.
Trader Joe’s “Bedtime Stories”
This highly-animated float was designed by Michelle Lofthouse and built by Phoenix Decorating Company. Since we cannot describe the choice of theme for Trader Joe’s 13th Rose Parade entry any better than the person who wrote the entry for the media guide, describing why the theme, we turn it over to them.
Trader Joe’s is a store of stories… If you’re like us, you’ve been inspired by food. And if you’re like us, then you’ve looked at your bowl of soup, and in between spoonfuls, thought about it—beyond the can, beyond the recipe and ingredients, and on to the “story” of the soup. Staring into our soup, we started to think about how many of our favorite bedtime stories from childhood involved food—and the growing of food, in which dedication and hard work pay off in bountiful harvests. As we often do, we took an idea to a literal point, creating a raised-bed garden: a potager (a kitchen garden), which leads to potage (French – that which is put in the pot), which brings us right back to our bowl of soup. “Bedtime Stories” is a microcosm of our soup, carefully tended by a select group of Trader Joe’s Crew, nominated for this role because of what they do, every day, to contribute to the growth, learning and transformation of our communities.
Temple City High School “The Pride of Temple City”
The Temple City High School music program runs the gamut from musical theater to marching band. It also seems to be adept at coincidences. “The Pride of Temple City” previously marched in the 2004 parade, when the niece of current band director Bert Ferntheil and daughter of the 126th Tournament of Roses president, Megan Chinen, served as Rose Queen. The 2015 Royal Court had two princesses from Temple City High School, current senior Emily Alicia Olivas Stoker and alumna Mackenzie Joy Byers, who now attends Pasadena City College.
TC, as locals call it, is situated just south of Pasadena, so there’s quite a bit of Rose Parade history there. Ferntheil marched in the 1985 Rose Parade with USC, his brother Harry marched in three Rose Parades with the Michigan band in the 1970’s, and Asst. Director Phil Bailey participated in eight Rose Parades with the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band and is currently the horn section coach. Many TC students have marched with the Honor Band over the years.
For links to all articles about the 2015 Rose Parade “Inspiring Stories” winners, bookmark “A book with chapters: The 2015 Rose Parade in photos and words.” For the trophy winners, read “Rose Parade floats 2015: Who won in the 126th Tournament of Roses Parade.” Please post comments on Facebook at All Things Rose Parade.