The City of Torrance and the Torrance Rose Float Association started the New Year in a royal method.
Its self-made “The Embodiment of Nature” float took house the Princess award, offered for many excellent floral presentation amongst entries 35 toes and beneath.
Its theme: Endangered species with an unlimited array of shade, an imposing African elephant, black-footed ferrets, pangolins and the Lear’s Macaw — all at risk of dying out as a result of habitat destruction, air pollution, and the destruction of rainforests.
It was the town’s 66th yr of Rose Parade submissions and this yr’s extravagant entry was designed by Melany Perez, a current graduate of Torrance High School and first yr scholar at University of California Berkeley.
This yr marked the 133rd anniversary of the Rose Parade custom in California, with the theme, “Dream. Believe. Achieve.”
Every yr, the Torrance Rose Float Association launches a city-wide float design contest in any respect 5 excessive colleges within the metropolis. Perez, in line with Carol Gilles, secretary of the TRFA, is the fifth scholar in Torrance’s historical past to design the town’s Rose Parade float.
When Perez, 18, heard on the final minute from her faculty profession counselor that submissions for float idea artwork have been open — and with just one week left to conceptualize, draft and draw her submission, Perez hunkered down and created the artwork that might finally be the winner.
The float additionally includes a huge tree, which Perez says is supposed to show the sweetness of the animals’ habitat. There can be a waterfall on the entrance of the float, which Perez mentioned is meant as reminder of the sweetness and significance of conserving nature.
The TRFA, which took over Rose Parade float submissions and development for the City of Torrance 50 years in the past, mentioned Perez’s float is the embodiment of this yr’s Tournament of Roses theme.
“The majestic African elephant and the colorful toucan highlight the warmth and beauty of the animal kingdom while promoting awareness of endangered species, the perils they face, and the realities of habitat destruction,” the TRFA wrote.
“This inspirational display encourages everyone that if we believe it, we can achieve the dream of providing protection and safety to animals and the places they call home.”