Twenty-four of the floats in the 128th Rose Parade received official honors from the Tournament of Roses in a variety of categories and specifications. The entire process is another one of the Tournament’s components implemented over a greater part of the past century.

A three-member judging panel, composed of civic and floral industry leaders, was appointed by the Tournament of Roses Judging Committee to evaluate the floats within a range of classifications. Scores were based on criteria such as creative design, floral craftsmanship, artistic merit, computerized animation, thematic interpretation, floral and color presentation, and dramatic impact. Learn more about our 2017 Judges here.

Two judging sessions took place during the decorating stages before the parade. Scores from each judging session were then combined to determine the trophy recipients. Results were released to the media immediately prior to the start of the Rose Parade. Banners for each trophy-winning float were carried in the parade by select members of the Tournament of Roses Eagle Scout and Gold Award Girl Scout Troops.

ANIMATION TROPHY – Best animation and motion
Northwestern Mutual
“Waves of Hope”

BOB HOPE HUMOR TROPHY – Most comical and amusing entry
La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association
“Backyard Rocketeer”

CRAFTSMAN TROPHY – Exceptional achievement in showmanship and dramatic impact; limited to floats which exceed 55’ in length
“Soar Beyond Imagination”

CROWN CITY INNOVATION – Best use of imagination & innovation to advance the art of float design
24 Hour Fitness
“Do More with Your 24”

DIRECTORS’ TROPHY – Outstanding artistic merit in design and floral presentation
Western Asset Management Company
“Propserity in the Wild”

EXTRAORDINAIRE TROPHY – Most spectacular float including floats that do not retract to 55′ in length
Lucy Pet
“Lucy Pet’s Gnarly Crankin’ K-9 Wave Maker”

FANTASY TROPHY – Most outstanding display of fantasy and imagination
BDK, A Singpoli Affiliate
“The Monkey King: Journey to Success”

FOUNDERS’ TROPHY – Most beautiful float built and decorated by volunteers from a community or organization
Cal Poly Universities
“A New Leaf”

GOVERNOR’S TROPHY – Best depiction of life in California
Downey Rose Float Association
“The Gold Rush”

GRAND MARSHAL’S TROPHY – Excellence in creative concept and design
Farmers Insurance
“We Came, We Saw, We Covered”

INTERNATIONAL TROPHY – Most beautiful entry – outside of 50 United States & D.C.
China Airlines
“Return to the Beauty of Taiwan”

ISABELLA COLEMAN TROPHY – Best presentation of color and color harmony through floral
The UPS Store, Inc.
“Books Bring Us Together”

JUDGES’ SPECIAL TROPHY – Most spectacular in showmanship and dramatic impact
Union Bank and The American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate
“Keep the Beat Alive”

LATHROP K. LEISHMAN TROPHY – Most beautiful non-commercial float
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
“To Honor & Remember Orlando”

MAYOR’S TROPHY – Most outstanding city entry – national or international
Sierra Madre Rose Float Association
“The Cat’s Away”

NATIONAL TROPHY – Best depiction of life in U.S.A. – past, present or future
RAGÚ Pasta Sauce
“Simmered in Tradition”

PAST PRESIDENTS’ TROPHY – Most creative design and use of both floral and non-floral materials
American Armenian Rose Float Association
Field of Dreams!

PRESIDENT’S TROPHY – Most effective floral use and presentation
The Bachelor
“Echoes of Love”

PRINCESSES’ TROPHY – Most beautiful float 35’ and under
Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee, Inc.
“Doing Good in the World”

QUEEN’S TROPHY – Most effective use and display of roses in concept, design and presentation
“Everything’s Coming Up Roses”

SWEEPSTAKES TROPHY – Most beautiful entry in parade with outstanding floral presentation and design
Dole Packaged Foods
“Spirit of Hawaii”

THEME TROPHY – Excellence in presenting parade theme
Donate Life
“Teammates in Life”

TOURNAMENT SPECIAL TROPHY – Exceptional merit in multiple classifications (including floats that do not retract to 55’)
Trader Joe’s
“All Aboard! 50 Years of Serving the Best…”

TOURNAMENT VOLUNTEERS’ TROPHY – Best floral design of parade theme for floats under 35’
Torrance Rose Float Association
“Be Your Own Knight”

List of 2017 Float Trophy winners and their builders also available for download in Media Resources.