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Rose Parade float

On Jan. 1, 2016, Irvine, the center of Orange County, will garner world-wide attention as Destination Irvine joins dozens of floral-clad floats, marching bands, equestrians and other parade entries in the 127th Rose Parade® presented by Honda. With more than 700,000 spectators and 81 million television viewers worldwide watching the parade, Irvine hopes to make a lasting impression on a global scale. Press release

Rose Parade Float

"Innovation Rocks," the theme of the Destination Irvine float, features a colorful floarl lab scene with animated gears and test tubes along with a whimsical Peter the Anteater as a scientist. 

WATCH the 127th Rose Parade on Friday, January 1, 2016 8 a.m. PST on ABC!

Enter to Win a VIP Rose Parade Experience

A dozen lucky visitors will each win a VIP experience for FOUR that includes:

  • Round-trip airfare for four people to Orange County
  • Three-night stay for four people at one of 11 Irvine hotels
  • Ground transportation for four people to the Rose Parade on January 1, 2016
  • Grandstand seating for four people at the Rose Parade
  • Commemorative gift

    Estimated value: $3,100! 

Official rules 

Sweepstakes is closed

Press release

Congratulations to our lucky winners - A. Adams, Amory, MS; T. Burd, Aurora, CO; P. Cannamela, Williamsville, NY; C. Chun, San Jose, CA; P. Duffurn, Sonoma, CA; D. Greco, Grove City, OH; K. Palke, Keizer, OR; E. Ramola, Clear Lake, MN; H. Stephens, San Angelo, TX, S. Warren, Shandaken, NY; M. Williams, Mastic Beach, NY; J. Wolff, Boise, ID. 

Thanks to our sponsoring hotel partners: Candlewood Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Irvine Airport, Courtyard Irvine Spectrum, DoubleTree by Hilton Irvine Spectrum, Embassy Suites Irvine, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Irvine, Hotel Irvine, Irvine Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, Irvine Airport, Wyndham Irvine - Orange County Airport.  

KTLA coverage   

Orange County Register coverage


Follow Pasadena-based freelance writer and blogger, Laura Monteros as she provides ongoing coverage of the Rose Parade and the creation of Innovation Rocks!'

‘Innovation Rocks!' from concept to fully-flowered float on New Year's Day

On with the flowers! ‘Innovation Rocks!' gets the floral treatment at Rosemont Pavilion

Bringing ‘Innovation Rocks!' to Life with Statice and Strawflower

Rose Parade Creates American Memories, New Adventures for Businessman Dan Han & Irvine Parade-goers

Destination Irvine Sweepstakes Winners will Find their California Adventure at the Rose Parade

'Find Your Adventure' in a National Park with Ken Burns or in a chemistry lab at UCI

Innovation Rocks! whether it's building new companies or creating a designer gown

With a New Paint Job, 'Innovation Rocks!' in the float barn and at UCI's The Cove"

Necessity is the Mother of Innovation in Digital Media

Blowing Bubbles and Spinning Gears in the 'Innovation Rocks!' T2 Test

'Innovation Rocks' at Phoenix Decorating Company and Edwards Lifesciences

'Innovation Rocks!' Hits the Streets for the First Time

Rose Parade Excitement Building as Destination Irvine Launches Sweepstakes

It's Beginning to Feel Like New Year's! "Innovation Rocks!" Is Taking Shape 

"Innovation Rocks!" Destination Irvine joins the 2016 Rose Parade

Social Media Follow Destination Irvine

Instagram - Destinationirvine

Hashtags for 2016 Destination Irvine Rose Parade Float



The Destination Irvine float, Innovation Rocks!, is located at the Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco Street, Pasadena (just south of the Rose Bowl). Unfortunately, the volunteer schedule is FULL and they are no longer accepting requests.  

If you wish to volunteer at Rose Palace, 835 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena and decorate a different float (not Innovation Rocks!), please click here, as the schedule is still open (as of 12-16-15).  

**The FAQ section should answer all your questions including attire (absolutely no open toed shoes), age requirement (must be 13 years of age or older), parking, etc. Please direct ALL volunteer-related questions to the Kiwanis.


Those seeking to book (10) or more hotel rooms in Irvine for the Rose Parade, please contact
Individuals looking to book less than 10 hotel rooms click here 


Contact Demea Metcalf, Director of Sales, to learn how you can qualify to win a VIP Rose Parade experience by bringing an overnight meeting to Irvine. Sweepstakes is closed. Congratulations to our winner Cheryl Barnet, Manager, Site Selection, SHWorldwide.

 Construction Images of Innovation Rocks!

Base of FloatFrame of anteater
                              Base of float                                                                       Frame of the anteater 


Base of float with flowersAnteater with table
                          Table with flowers                                                                     Anteater with science lab table               


Float beaker Float gears
                     Beaker and flowers taking form                                                               Decorative gears 

Float before test 1Float observer 
                     On Colorado Blvd. before test 1                                             Float observer - he is the eyes for the driver

Float gears
                              Gears looking like a work of art

Innovation Rocks on Testing Day

Innovation Rocks painted  Anteater float
                       Looking like an award-winning float                                                                   It's Peter the Anteater

Gears float Sideview of Peter the Anteater
                        Gears - these rotate                                                                                 Peter the Anteater as the scientist

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