TodayApril 15, 2022

2016 Rosebowl Parade floats, marching bands, equestrians, and Nellie


Mascot Nellie, and Lou Ann Hammond, show you the floats, bands, and equestrians from this years 2016 Rose Bowl Parade.

The Rose Parade’s elaborate floats have come a long way since the Tournament’s early days. Today, float building is a multi-million dollar business and float construction begins almost immediately after the previous year’s parade is concluded.

The process starts with a specially-built chassis, upon which is built a framework of steel and chicken wire. In a process called “cocooning,” the frame is sprayed with a polyvinyl material, which is then painted in the colors of the fresh flowers or dry material to be applied later. Every inch of every float must be covered with flowers or other natural materials, such as leaves, seeds or bark. Volunteer workers swarm over the floats in the days after Christmas, their hands and clothes covered with glue and petals. The most delicate flowers are placed in individual vials of water, which are set into the float one by one.

Through all the changes, the Rose Parade has remained true to its floral beginnings, and each float is decorated with more flowers than the average florist will use in five years.

B-2 Bomber flyover

2016 FLOATS – click on the name to go to the video

The floats, listed with the builder are (alphabetically by participating company or organization):
AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Fiesta Parade Floats
American Armenian Rose Float Association, Inc., Phoenix Decorating Company
American Honda, Phoenix Decorating Company
The Bachelor, Fiesta Parade Floats
Burbank Tournament of Roses Association, Self Built
Cal Poly Universities, Self Built
Cal-Nev-Ha District of Kiwanis International, Phoenix Decorating Company
California Milk Advisory Board, Fiesta Parade Floats
China Airlines, Artistic Entertainment Services
City of Alhambra, Phoenix Decorating Company
City of Glendale, Phoenix Decorating Company
City of Hope, Phoenix Decorating Company
City of Los Angeles, Phoenix Decorating Company
City of Torrance, Fiesta Parade Floats
Destination Irvine – Irvine Chamber of Commerce, Phoenix Decorating Company
Disneyland Resort, Artistic Entertainment Services
Dole Packaged Foods, Fiesta Parade Floats
Donate Life, Paradiso Parade Floats
Downey Rose Float Association, Self Built
Farmers Insurance Group, Phoenix Decorating Company
Kaiser Permanente, Fiesta Parade Floats
Kiehl’s Since 1851, Fiesta Parade Floats
La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association, Self Built
Lions Clubs International, Phoenix Decorating Company
Los Angeles Lakers, Paradiso Parade Floats
• Lutheran Laymen’s League/ Lutheran Hour Ministries, Phoenix Decorating Company
Miracle-Gro, Fiesta Parade Floats
Northwestern Mutual, Fiesta Parade Floats
Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Rose Float, Phoenix Decorating Company
Public Broadcasting Service, Paradiso Parade Floats, PBS – Downton Abbey
Rotary Rose Float Committee, Inc., Phoenix Decorating Company
Shriners Hospitals for Children, Phoenix Decorating Company
Sierra Madre Rose Float Association, Self Built
Singpoli Group, Paradiso Parade Floats
South Dakota Department of Tourism, Phoenix Decorating Company
South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, Self Built
South Pasadena float
Stanford Marching Band
The Mayors float
Tournament of Roses 2016 Royal Court Float, Fiesta Parade Floats
Trader Joe’s, Phoenix Decorating Company
Union Bank and the American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate, Phoenix Decorating Company
United Sikh Mission, Phoenix Decorating Company
Western Asset Management Company, Phoenix Decorating Company
WVU Medicine Children’s, Phoenix Decorating Company


Mascot Nellie, and Lou Ann Hammond, show you the floats, bands, and equestrians from this years 2016 Rose Bowl Parade.

The first marching band to appear in the Rose Parade was the Monrovia Town Band in 1891, with fewer than 20 members. Today, it’s not uncommon to see marching bands with 300 or more members in the parade. Well over 50 musical groups compete for as few as 12 openings every year.

Bands are selected approximately 15 months in advance to give the groups time to raise the money needed for the trip to Pasadena.

2016 MARCHING BANDS – click on the name to go to the video

Albany State University – Marching Rams, Albany, Ga.
Allen High School – The Allen Eagle Escadrille, Allen, Texas
Centro Escolar José Maria Morelos y Pavón – Aguilas Doradas Marching Band, Puebla, Mexico
Franklin Regional High School – Panther Band, Murrysville, Pa.
Iowa marching band
• Instituto Pedro Molina – Latin Band Pedro Molina, Guatemala
Jenks High School – Trojan Pride, Jenks, Okla.
Los Angeles Unified School District, All District High School Honor Band, Los Angeles
Mira Mesa High School – Sapphire Sound, San Diego, Calif.
Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band & Herald Trumpets, Pasadena, Calif.
Plymouth-Canton Educational Park – Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, Canton, Mich.
Punahou School – Punahou Marching Band, Honolulu, Hawaii
Saratoga High School – Saratoga High School Marching Band and Color Guard, Saratoga, Calif.
The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band, Los Angeles
Toho High School – Toho High School Green Band, Japan
Rancho Cucamonga, CA Etiwanda High School Marching Eagle Regiment
Virginia Military Institute – VMI Regimental Band, Lexington, Va.
William Mason High School – Mason High School Marching Band, Mason, Ohio
Wyoming All-State Marching Band, Cheyenne, Wyoming 


Mascot Nellie, and Lou Ann Hammond, show you the floats, bands, and equestrians from this years 2016 Rose Bowl Parade.

Since the very beginning, horses have been part of the Rose Parade, with equines pulling flower decorated carriages on New Year’s Day 1890. Even with the advent of motorized vehicles in the parade, equestrian units have remained an integral component each year, highlighting a wide variety of breeds including graceful Andalusians, striking Percherons, and elegant Saddlebreds.

Skilled riders, eye-catching costumes, and hand-crafted tack add to the appeal year after year.

2016 EQUESTRIAN UNITS – click on the name to go to the video

1st Cavalry Horse Detachment – Fort Hood
American Endurance Ride Conference
Anheuser Busch Budweiser Clydesdales
Calizona Appaloosa Horse Club
Dakota Thunder Shires
Long Beach Mounted Police
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Los Hermanos Bañuelos
• Martinez Family
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
National Park Service
The New Buffalo Soldiers
• The Norco Cowgirls & The Little Miss Norco Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team
Scripps Miramar Ranch
Spirit of the West Riders
U.S. Army Field Artillery Half Section – Fort Sill
• U.S. Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard
Valley Hunt Club
Wells Fargo stagecoach

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.