The Rose Parade float entitled Exploring the Everglades won the 2016 Founders Trophy Float Award as “the most beautiful float built and decorated by volunteers from a community or organization, the Downey Rose Float Association.
Scores are based on criteria such as creative design, floral craftsmanship, artistic merit, computerized animation, thematic interpretation, floral and color presentation, and dramatic impact.
This year’s judges – Tom Bowling, Timothy Lindsay and Jodie Peterson– reviewed each float during judging sessions that take place during the decorating stages before the parade. The judges used their scores from the judging sessions to determine the trophy recipients. Banners for each award-winning float will be carried in the parade by the San Gabriel Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Greater Los Angeles Area Council of the Girl Scouts of the USA.