Who says dragons don’t have impeccable manners? A tea-drinking dragon from the City of Torrance glided along the Rose Parade route at the 2011 parade, pouring tea with her pinkie properly crooked in “Afternoon Tea with Friends.”
The elegant lady garnered the Tournament Volunteers award for best floral design of theme in a float under 35 feet. Keeping the teapot warm with her internal heat source, the dragon exhaled smoke and the steaming teapot had a warm mist arising from the spout.
The dragon gently nodded her head at her guests and swung the teapot, without a spill, of course, in an 18-foot arc. Guests seated on mushrooms and clad in crisp white frocks, summer hats, and tuxedos came along for the ride in a garden of more than 10,000 hot pink roses. Hot pink.
The video at left shows the animation demonstration in the float barn.
Hundreds of green cymbidiums went into making the face and green Kermit (as in frog) mums added to the proper dragon shading. Scales, illustrated in the photo gallery to the left, were made of a mixture of chartreuse lichen and dried manzanita leaves outlined with green dendrobium florets.
Roses and carnations decorate the delicate china setting. Bells of Ireland, pussy willow, curly willow, and steel and bear grass completed the fanciful scene.
As with all Torrance floats, this 57th entry was entirely decorated by volunteers from the Torrance area. A video of the float on Colorado Blvd. on New Year’s Day can be viewed here.
For links to all the 2011 float articles and other float information, read Rose Parade floats 101: Photos, winners, articles for the 2011 parade
This column highlights one Rose Parade float each week. Next week: RFD-TV, winner of the Craftsman award.
The theme of the 123rd Rose Parade and 98th Rose Bowl Game is “Just Imagine…” The events take place on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 to avoid interfering with worship services on Sunday. The Tournament of Roses is a celebration that lasts several weeks in the fall and winter, with the high points being the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. Keep following your Tournament of Roses Examiner for the latest news and for upcoming announcements.
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