Some sparked more attention than others online. Here are the fan favorites.
- 5 Rose Parade moments people are talking about
- Twitter reacts to the Rose Parade’s musical performances
After last year’s French Quarter-themed float, the Louisiana Office of Tourism returned with another of the state’s icons – a flower-covered riverboat sailing down, not the mighty Mississippi, but in this case, Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena.
Crewing the paddle-wheeler, which cost $350,000 to create, were 20 Louisiana pageant winners, including the Gueydan Duck Festival queen and the Breaux Bridge Crawfish queen, and country singer Lainey Wilson performed “LA” on the float. Shortly thereafter, the float stalled turning the corner . Luckily, it was being manned by a float-driving expert who has done it 50 times.
my favorite rose parade float so far 🌹 https://t.co/md8J9h6ttU
— sarah ☁️ (@clouddottir) January 2, 2023
Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, in Partnership with Nouns float
Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the production and animation studio known for the Emmy-winning “Robot Chicken,” and Nouns DAO, an NFT-centric project, made its Rose Parade debut.
Stars of this adventure were Mr. Blue (adorned with cut blue statice, poppy seed and seaweed), Mr. Green (green tea leaf, ground split pea, parsley flakes, ground rice and seaweed) and Mr. Orange (orange lentil, orange carnations, red carnations, light lettuce seed and green tea leaf).
Such a fun surprise to see a Nouns float in the Rose parade this year! My favorite float by far! 🤓 pic.twitter.com/5TNWUs4Wwi
— Tania del Rio (@taniadelrio) January 2, 2023
A 13-time award winner, Southern California based grocery chain Trader Joe’s marked two decades of Rose Parade participation.
Its food-centric entry featured a chef motoring along with a sackful of groceries and towing a boat filled with more edibles and several feathered friends.
— David Sollenberger (@Daveyspot) January 2, 2023
Trader Joe’s wins the Rose Parade.
— Tricia Bennett (@tlbennett09) January 2, 2023
The Wisconsin Northwoods Marching Band
The Wisconsin Northwoods Marching Band is a composite band of eight high schools across north central Wisconsin, and Twitter users rushed to the platform to praise the group.
This first-of-a-kind composite band was the idea of 2023 Pasadena Tournament of Roses president Amy Wainscott who wanted a band to represent the small-town region she calls home.
Schools marching in the parade include Lakeland High School, Northland Pines High School, Three Lakes High School, Merrill High School, Antigo High School, Wausau East High School, DC Everest High School and Mosinee High School.
@RoseParade Northwoods Marching Band making Wisconsin proud in the Rose Parade today! Lookin' and sounding great!
— Bill Mitchell (@Bill925WMBZ) January 2, 2023
Check out the coverage of the Northwoods Marching Band in the Tournament of Roses Parade 🥁🎺🌹 https://t.co/kYNZ5Lmywn
Amazing work! pic.twitter.com/uzHUm5a6ZT
— Katie Rosenberg ✌ (@katierosenberg) January 2, 2023
— One Killaherz (@one_khz) January 2, 2023
Spartan “Legion” Marching Band
The Spartan “Legion” Marching Band came to Pasadena from Norfolk State University, a public historically Black university in Norfolk, Virginia.
The band’s uniforms are reminiscent of the legendary 300 Spartan warriors, including a protective guard auxiliary unit and shiny gold helmets, and the drum major helmets are replicas from the original Spartan warrior design.
The band’s recognizable music selections sounded mighty and balanced, boasting a huge brass sound and driving percussion that utilizes three marching styles. Twitter agreed.
— LIGHT ON COLLEGE SPORTS (@LightOnSports) January 2, 2023
So happy to see the Norfolk State Spartan Legion marching band at the Rose Parade! Y'all did great! Behold the green & gold!
— Shana Fleming (@ShanaFleming17) January 2, 2023
This Spartan Legion Marching band is bringing it 🔥🔥🔥
Hope the rest of the country can see. #RoseParade
— Eduardo Big Year Ahead Peraza (@MrEduardo21) January 2, 2023
Triuggio Marching Band
Founded in 2004, the Triuggio Marching Band joined the Rose Parade all the way from Italy.
The band is made up of members from the Italian cities Triuggio, Monza and Brianza.
Members are teenagers and young adults who are deeply motivated by the spirit of fellowship, friendship and performing together. Their repertoire included pop songs, rock songs, movie soundtracks and classical pieces.
I am here to cheer for all the marching bands in the #RoseParade2023
CONGRATS #Triuggio Marching Band strutting their stuff from Triuggio, Monza and Brianza Italy! 👏❤️
Excellent work @RoseParade Grateful to see and hear the marching bands who worked so hard to get there!
— Lori Magno (@ModaMags) January 2, 2023
Triuggio Italy Marching Band playing Bad Romance. LOVE IT! #RoseParade
— Diana Gonzales 🐈 (@trojanchick99) January 2, 2023
Welcome to California, Triuggio Marching Band. I hope to go to Italy someday. Maybe I should bring a marching band with me. #RoseParade2023
— PellaPusher (@PellaPusher) January 2, 2023