FIRST FLOAT FOR TOURNAMENT OF ROSES PARADE IN PASADENA UNVEILED
Posted 02 January 2015 - 03:35 PM
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Posted 02 January 2015 - 05:08 PM
I heard that too and told my wife about it, the announcer is a moron because with what intelligence does he say within the same sentence cradle of civilization and a nomadic people. How can a nomadic people be the cradle of anything, this shows the total ignorance or a political media bias. I guess we should have been used to this kind of garbage coming from them.
The nomads won the trophy.
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Posted 03 January 2015 - 02:29 PM
First Armenian Float wins presidential award
17:13, 02 Jan 2015
The first Armenian American Rose Float Association(AARFA) won the 2015
New Year's Day Tournament of Roses' President's Award for most
effective floral use and presentation for their "Cradle of
Civilization" float. The float was featured in the 126th Rose Parade
along with other floats from around the area, the Armenian Weekly
The theme of the parade was "inspiring stories" to pay tribute to the
people of the community who "loved unconditionally, persevered
courageously, endured patiently and accomplished much on behalf of
The "Cradle of Civilization" featured different aspects of the
Armenian community. The art display featured a sculpture of an
Armenian woman's head wearing a traditional Armenian headdress, as
well as an apricot and a pomegranate tree. A bushel of grapes
represented the earliest wine-making facility found in Armenia. The
display also included a carpet-weaving machine, a traditional Armenian
carpet, the Armenian symbol for eternity, and an arch representative
of Armenian architecture from 4,500 years ago.
Prominent members of the Armenian-American community rode along with
the float. These figures included the following: former Governor of
California George Deukmejian and his wife Gloria; U.S. Federal Judge
Samuel Der-Yeghiayan, the first Armenian immigrant federal judge in
the U.S.; actress Angela Sarafyan, known for her roles in the Twilight
Saga: Breaking Dawn (part two) and The Immigrant; internationally
celebrated lawyer Attorney Mark J. Greagos; former Pasadena Chief of
Police Barney Melekian; Coach Jerry Tarkanian, also known as "Tark the
Shark"; Flora Dunaians, a Pasedena resident and founder of Armenian
International Womans Association of Los Angeles; and Jill Simonian,
author of the popular "Fab Mom" blog.
Posted 06 January 2015 - 10:26 AM
First-Ever Armenian Float in Rose Parade
Showcases Heritage to Billion Viewers
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
Over a year ago, a handful of young Armenians formed the American Armenian
Rose Float Association and embarked on an ambitious project that many
Armenians had contemplated for a long time, but no one had tried. They
decided to enter the first Armenian float in 126 years in the world famous
Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.
Around one billion people in over 100 countries watch this spectacular
Parade on television on the first day of each year. In addition, an
estimated crowd of 700,000 spectators line up along the 5.5-mile Parade
route, braving the record-breaking cold temperatures, as my family did on
January 1. Some even sleep on sidewalks overnight to have a front row view!
Soon-after the start of the Parade, viewers in Pasadena and around the
world heard the unmistakable sound of a blaring zurna and witnessed a
beautifully decorated Armenian float with thousands of flowers, accompanied
by a dozen elegant dancers in traditional costumes. The overall theme of
this year's Rose Parade was `Inspiring Stories,' and the Armenian float was
certainly inspiring with its fitting title, `Cradle of Civilization.' The
official catalog of the Parade published the following glowing description
along with a picture of the float:
`Welcome to the `Cradle of Civilization,' a float presented by the Armenian
community to share their centuries-old rich cultural heritage with the
United States and the world. The American Armenian Rose Parade float is a
showcase of the contributions Armenians have made to this great nation and
around the globe. Every item on this float, from the carpet, the tree of
life and the birds and fruits, to the eternity sign and the zurna,
symbolizes a specific aspect of the Armenian culture, including religion,
education, industry, music, dance and beyond. The prevailing color is a
specific red that is extracted from a worm found only on the mountains of
Armenia.' More specifically, the float featured storks, peacocks,
pomegranates, apricots, grapes, the Armenian alphabet, figure of an
Armenian woman with traditional headdress and costume symbolizing `Mother
Armenia,' and a partial church frame representing Armenian architecture.
The float was awarded the prestigious `President's Trophy.'
Riding on the 55 ft. long, 28 ft. high, and 18 ft. wide float were several
celebrities, including Samuel Der Yeghiayan (first immigrant Armenian US
Federal Judge), Gabriel Injejikian (founder of first Armenian day school in
the U.S.), Flora Dunaians (noted humanitarian and philanthropist from
Pasadena), prominent attorney Mark Geragos, television host Jill Simonian,
former Pasadena Police Chief Bernard Melekian, and actress Angela Sarafyan.
Amazingly, exactly 100 years ago, an Armenian businessman, Movses Pashgian,
was the Grand Marshal of the Rose Parade in 1915!
Even though the float cost $300,000 to build, it was well worth the money,
as Armenian culture, for the first time in history, was showcased to over
one billion people around the world, at the bargain price of less than a
penny per person! Just days before the Parade, the Armenian float
organizers were still $110,000 short of their goal. Fortunately, they
received a few more donations in recent days, leaving a current balance of
$90,000. Those wishing to help cover this deficit can make a tax-deductible
contribution by visiting www.aarfa.org.
Given the extensive TV coverage on American and international channels, the
Armenian float received numerous positive comments in the social media and
websites around the world. Some TV networks even commented that 2015
coincided with the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide.
Since Armenians regularly bring up the genocide issue in their interaction
with `odar' circles, most non-Armenians know that Armenian
are a victimized
nation, but are unaware of their rich cultural heritage and ancient
civilization. The world should know that despite the Young Turks' sinister
efforts to eliminate the Armenian people, they have succeeded not only to
survive, but to thrive!
This is particularly important for young Armenians who need to grow up with
positive role models to look up to and take pride in their heritage rather
than feeling like downtrodden victims who seek pity. The Rose Parade float
did a magnificent job in celebrating Armenian culture and promoting its
Energized by the tremendous popular reaction to their participation in this
year's Tournament of Roses, the organizers pledged to have an Armenian
float in the Pasadena Parade every year from now on!
Posted 09 January 2015 - 10:38 AM
Glendale News Press, CA
Jan 7 2015
Intersections: Float celebrated the diverse Armenian story
Armenian Americans shared their heritage at the Rose Parade
By Liana Aghajanian
January 7, 2015 | 1:45 p.m.
In 1915, a man named Moses (M.S.) Pashgian became the grand marshal of
the Pasadena Rose Parade.
Moses and his brother, John, were the first Armenian immigrants to
settle in the Pasadena area at the turn of the 20th century, and the
rug business they established is still going strong today.
In a now 100-year-old photo from the Rose Parade, Moses Pashgian can
be seen sitting on a regal horse, with a top hat, bow tie and black
gloves, as the crowd watches from behind.
This year, a century after Moses Pashgian's involvement in the Rose
Parade, a float celebrating Armenian heritage was unveiled at the 2015
Pasadena Tournament of Roses.
Decorated with a stunning pomegranate tree inspired by the
breathtaking art work of local Glendale artist Seeroon Yeretzian, an
Armenian woman in traditional folk wear, peacocks, an intricate rug,
the Armenian alphabet and more, the "Cradle of Civilization" float
ended up winning the President's Trophy for "effective floral use and
presentation," a major testament to the work everyone involved with
the American Armenian Rose Float Assn. put into making a
once-inconceivable dream into a reality.
On Jan. 1, Armenian Americans of all backgrounds watched along with
everyone else as the float came down Colorado Boulevard.
The folk music blared, the crowd cheered and the float moved along
flanked by dancers in beautifully designed costumes. It was a proud,
goose-bump-inducing moment, one that became a symbol not just for our
presence in this country, but our history in it, too, which runs back
400 years, not just 40.
It was a chance to be in the spotlight for all the right reasons, not
just the ones which contribute to the warped and unbalanced opinions
of some, and lead to a sense of dread and embarrassment for others.
With thousands of roses, it told the story of an over 3,000-year-old
history, encompassing more than our rather brief stint in Glendale and
the tragic events of 100 years ago that often gets the most attention
and press time.
It said we are more than just whatever corner we've been pinned in
from both the inside and outside. We are diverse, with layered,
far-reaching and mixed identities and our contributions can be and are
meaningful. It's a testament to collective resilience and survival
despite pretty depressing odds.
This is an important year for the international Armenian community, as
2015 marks the centennial of the Armenian Genocide.
This float appropriately ushered in the year and perhaps created an
important turning point, one in which we can finally feel like we've
found a permanent home after centuries and decades of constantly being
on the move.
After so long, it's an appropriate year and way to finally feel like
we are part of this diverse landscape, too.
LIANA AGHAJANIAN is a Los Angeles-based journalist whose work has
appeared in L.A. Weekly, Paste magazine, New America Media, Eurasianet
and The Atlantic. She may be reached at email@example.com.
Posted 03 August 2015 - 09:43 AM
Second American Armenian Rose Float `Discover Armenia' is Unveiled
by MassisPost August 1, 2015, 7:43 pm
PASADENA ' The second Armenian Rose Float Design titled `Discover
Armenia' that will be participating in the 127th Rose Parade on
January 1st, 2016 was unveiled on August 1.
This year's Tournament of Roses theme being `Find Your Adventure', the
second Armenia float is designed to encourage tourism and the audience
of the world to `Discover Armenia'.
The Elements on the Armenian Rose Float are: Erebuni Sphinx Urartu
Civilization, Zvartnots Cathedral, Hin Jugha Khachkar Cemetary, Garni
Gorge, Temple of Garni, Gavazan Swinging Column, Tatev Monastery,
Yerevan Cascade Fountain, Sardarpat Memorial, Mother Armenia, Erebuni
Urartian Sphinx, Tsiternakaberd Memorial, We are the Mountains
Monument, Hin Jugha Ram Tombstone, Jermuk Waterfalls, Ughtasar
Petroglyphs Rock Carvings and Armenian Breed Dog `Gamper'.
On January 1, 2015, a global audience in 115 countries watched in awe
as the first-ever Armenian Rose Float paraded in the Pasadena
Tournament of Roses. Conceived by the nonprofit American Armenian Rose
Float Association (AARFA), the Armenian-float project was made
possible by the enthusiastic support of the Armenian community.
Without their generosity, it would not have been possible for the
float to exist and achieve the recognition it deserved, winning the
Presidential Award for `most effective floral use & presentations' as
first time participants of the Tournament of Roses Parade.
The first Armenian float in history not only brought a unique flair to
the Tournament of Roses, but promoted Armenian culture and identity in
USA and across the world. It's success, which has inspired generations
of Armenians with a renewed sense of cultural pride, prompted the
AARFA at once to plan the next Armenian float.
Posted 11 December 2015 - 12:26 PM
$115,000 RAISED FOR CONSTRUCTION AND PARTICIPATION OF SECOND ARMENIAN ROSE FLOAT IN PASADENA TOURNAMENT OF ROSES
You can Donate at www.aarfa.org/donations/
The theme of the float will be "Discover Armenia"
Los Angeles, December 9, 2015 - During a fundraising dinner on the
night of December 6, the American Armenian Rose Float Association
(AARFA) raised $115,000 toward the construction of the second Armenian
rose float and its participation in the 127th Pasadena Tournament of
Roses, which will be held on January 1, 2016.
Close to 150 supporters attended the fundraising event, which was
held at the Phoenix Decorating Company, in Pasadena. Throughout the
evening, guests had the opportunity to take a first-hand look at
the newest Armenian rose float, which is kept and being worked on
inside the Rose Palace of the Phoenix Decorating Company. To date,
the construction of the framework and architectural components of
the float have been completed. The dry decoration of the float will
be implemented in the next few weeks, and the culminating flower
decorations will be carried out during the five days leading up to
the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.
As he delivered his welcome remarks, the evening's Master of
Ceremonies, Glendale City Clerk Ardashes Kassakhian, underscored
the importance of broad grassroots support for the realization of
a large-scale project such as the Armenian rose float. "Last year,
the first-ever Armenian rose float was made possible by grassroots
contributions while some 600 community volunteers worked tirelessly on
the actual assembly of the float," he said. "The level of enthusiasm
among our community is even greater today, and we can't thank our
volunteers enough for contributing their talents, time, and energy
to this wonderful project."
The first Armenian rose float, which carried the theme "Cradle of
Civilization," went on to earn the Pasadena Tournament of Roses'
prestigious President's Award for "most effective floral use and
"On New Year's Day, 2015, as the first Armenian rose float in history
rolled down Colorado Boulevard, it promoted Armenian culture and
identity in Los Angeles and across the world," AARFA President Stepan
Partamian said as he addressed the guests. "The float was seen by
about 700,000 spectators in Pasadena and a global audience of 1.5
billion in 115 countries. The forthcoming Tournament of Roses will be
seen by an even greater number of people. I can't imagine a better or
more cost-effective conduit for familiarizing the world with Armenian
civilization. Think about it: as a community, we'll be spending a mere
$300,000 on the second Armenian rose float, yet achieve the type of
global exposure that would require millions of dollars."
Partamian said that since the theme of the upcoming Tournament of Roses
is "Find your Adventure," the newest Armenian rose float will be called
"Discover Armenia." Accordingly, Partamian said, the design of the
float will encompass major Armenian landmarks as well as references
to Armenian history -- including the Sardarapat and Tsitsernakaberd
memorials, the Tatev Monastery, Artsakh's "We Are Our Mountains"
monument, the Ughtasar Petroglyphs, the khachkar cemetery of Old
Jugha, and the Urartian Sphinx, among others. Both the first and
the newest Armenian rose floats were designed by AARFA Board member
"By depicting the beauty and millennia-old culture of Armenia and
Artsakh, the Armenian rose float will also help promote tourism in
our homeland," Partamian explained, and went on to announce the names
of some of the celebrities who will ride on the upcoming Armenian
rose float. They include Sona Movsesian, who was instrumental in
encouraging Conan O'Brien to film a recent show in Armenia; KTLA
reporter Ellina Abovian; and KTTV Channel 11 anchor Araksya Karapetyan.
In the course of his remarks, Partamian announced a string of donations
that were made by guests. They included Antranig Baghdassarian of
Karoun Dairies, a major benefactor of the first Armenian rose float
who once again contributed $50,000; and Dr. Albert Karamanoukian,
Mark and Paulette Geragos, Flora Dunaians, and an anoymous donor,
each of whom contributed $10,000.
"This evening, like the work of the AARFA as a whole, represents the
concept of 'minimum expense and maximum return,'" Partamian said.
"Thanks to in-kind donations, including the provision of this banquet
space by the Phoenix Decorating Company, we were able to organize this
event by spending only $15,000, and have already raised $115,000, which
will helps us significantly to cover the costs of the construction
of the Armenian rose float and its participation in the Pasadena
Tournament of Roses."
"I would also like to stress the importance of having repeat donors,"
Partamian continued. "There's a very good reason that benefactors
such as Mr. Baghdassarian are once again supporting the Armenian rose
float initiative: they see enormous value in a project that inspires
and mobilizes the entire Armenian community while promoting Armenian
identity and culture on an international scale."
This year, the AARFA has launched the Armenian Rose Float Ambassador
Program, whereby volunteers can become city-specific ambassadors
of the rose float to raise at least $3,000 from their respective
communities. During the December 6 event, Partamian recognized the
dedication and work of six ambassadors by presenting them with the
first-ever AARFA Ambassadorship pins. The honored ambassadors were
Garbis Der-Yeghiayan (representing La Verne, California), Carmen
Libaridian (Hollywood Hills, California), Flora Dunaians (Pasadena,
California - south of 210 Freeway), Margaret Mgrubian (Pasadena,
California - north of 210 Freeway), Tony Melconian (La Crescenta,
California), and Hratch Kozibeyokian (Shadow Hills, California).
Currently the AARFA is seeking to enlist additional ambassadors to
represent cities across the US. Those who are interested can email
the association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To date, the AARFA has raised $180,000 of the $300,000 needed for the
construction of the second Armenian rose float and its participation
in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. The AARFA, whose sole mission is
to raise funds to be spent annually on the Armenian float, continues
to accept donations and is seeking corporate sponsors to help fund the
project. Tax-deductible contributions can be made securely through the
AARFA site (at aarfa.org) or by mailing a check to: AARFA, P. O. Box
60005, Pasadena, CA 91116.
2016 DISCOVER ARMENIA ROSE FLOAT RIDERS
An Emmy Award nominated Journalist and News Reporter for KTLA 5 news.
Ellina grew up in Glendale California where most of her friends and
family still reside.
In 2011, she left Los Angeles to pursue her dream of working in news.
After graduating from Cal State University with a degree in Broadcast
Journalism, she made her first move to San Luis Obispo to work for
the local NBC affiliate station.
Due to her hard work and determination, Abovian moved up the news
market ranks quickly; from San Luis Obispo to Fresno to San Diego.
In the summer of 2015, Abovian was offered the opportunity to join
the KTLA 5 news team full time as a staff reporter.
She currently resides in Toluca Lake with her husband.
Araksya anchors weekdays on Good Day LA, the FOX 11 10 a.m. news and
the noon news.
A native of Armenia, Karapetyan moved to the U.S. when she was
seven years old. A devastating earthquake, a brewing conflict with
Azerbaijan, and the demise of the Soviet Union all contributed to
her family's decision to leave their homeland.
â~@¨She grew up in Palos Verdes Estates and returns to Los Angeles
from KOIN-TV in Portland, OR, where she served as a general assignment
reporter and fill-in host for the past two years. Prior to that, she
was a reporter/anchor/producer at KIDK-TV in Idaho Falls, ID. Earlier
in her career, Karapetyan held various news positions in California,
such as reporter for government access cable television channel,
Torrance CitiCABLE 3 in Torrance, CA. Karapetyan began her television
career as an intern at KABC-TV in Los Angeles and KFI 640 AM radio
in Burbank, CA.
Araksya's interest in journalism sparked when she went back for a
summer visit to Armenia. She decided to spend her time there not
by being a tourist, but by actually exploring to see what everyday
life was like for the majority. So she grabbed a camcorder and
hit the streets. She interviewed people and visited places such as
orphanages, psychiatric wards, schools, and homes for the elderly
to fully understand the issues the newly democratic country was
facing. Her excitement for telling stories was in full bloom by the
time her visit was over.
Araksya holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations
and Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse
School of Public Communications.
"The best part about my job is how everyday is different. I love
working with all kinds of people and learning something new every
single day. I can honestly say I walk away more enlightened at the
end of the day. It's that ability to grow that makes this job one of
Born into a close-knit Armenian community in Montebello, CA and is a
proud Angeleno. She graduated from USC with a degree in communication
and immediately went on to work for NBC in their highly competitive
and celebrated Page Program. Shortly after starting as a Page,
Movsesian took a permanent position in the publicity department as
the events and operations coordinator, working on events for such
NBC hits as The Office, Heroes andFriday Night Lights. She then
set her sights on working in production and eventually landed the
current position she has now as the executive assistant for Conan
O'Brien. Movsesian worked with O'Brien on The TonightShow with Conan
O'Brien and once his tenure as host ended, she accompanied him on the
"Legally Prohibited from Being on Television Tour" and traveled to
over 30 cities in North America. She still works for O'Brien and the
two of them recently visited Armenia and filmed their adventures for
a special that aired on TBS for O'Brien's talk show Conan.
Posted 11 December 2015 - 07:07 PM
its a great site to see greater atmosphere to be in
il get some pics for you all soon..
till then this was for 2015 year
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Posted 29 December 2015 - 12:24 PM
Truly amazing how everything comes together.. Thank You !!! Vartsqernid Katar !!!
Posted 29 December 2015 - 12:33 PM
BID and WIN This--Benefit Auction: Dated -1944- Authentic Armenian Antique Rug.
An authentic example of Armenian hand woven folk art
Benefit Auction: Dated -1944- Authentic Armenian hand woven Antique Carpet.
Hratch Kozibeyokian and Mira Assadourian are proudly donating this historical carpet from their private collection to grant the 2016 American Armenian Rose Float.
100 % of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to AARFA for the realization of the 2016 American Armenian Rose Float “DISCOVER ARMENIA”.
This float belongs to every Armenian in the United States and around the world.
The Carpet—An authentic example of Armenian folk art, reflection of Armenian cultural heritage.
Size: 4’.8” X 9’.8”
Origin: Artsakh, Armenia, dated “1944”.
Design: 5-medallions depicting Ancient pre Christian Armenian symbols with flanking birds. All Original condition, matured natural colors and signs of use and wears.
Final successful bidder will receive a “Certificate of Authenticity” and it will be recorded in the database of Armenian Rugs Society’s database. www.armenianrugssociety.com
It is the AARFA’s (American Armenian Rose Float Association) hope that the World Armenian communities support this float and help share “Discover Armenia” as a touristic adventure.
AARFA is also looking for corporate, media and individual sponsors who wish to
support this project. Keep up with the latest information by visiting aarfa.org.
Discover Armenia float photos gallery: http://www.aarfa.org/gallery/
“DISCOVER ARMENIA” The American Armenian Rose Float video preview:
Contribute , Become a sponsor, Volunteer - Make a difference!: http://www.aarfa.org/fundraising/
Thank you for your contribution and Happy New Year. PEACE ON EARTH
Posted 29 December 2015 - 12:35 PM
just don't outbid me
i have seen the RuG in person :ap; have inspected and love it so don't outbid me Please
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Posted 24 December 2016 - 10:41 AM
Dimensions: 24’H x 18’W x 55’L
Float Title: Field of Dreams!
Featuring three children atop a majestic Artsakh (Karabagh) stallion in the foreground descending from historic Mt. Ararat in the background where Noah’s Arc came to rest. Mt. Ararat has long stood as a spiritual symbol of faith for people around the world. Also growing out from the soil of this snow-capped mountain, a pomegranate tree with a peacock, a symbol of good fortune and fertility for Armenians around the world. The children atop the stallion wearing traditional Armenian garments hold symbols representing literature, music and science, paying tribute to fields in which this historic and ancient people have contributed to the collective human experience. This years uplifting theme “Echoes of Success” is represented in this positive portrayal paying homage to accomplishments of Armenians in the fields of music, literature and science.
Field of Dreams coverage: Artsakh Stallion, head of brown coffee, green fine ground split pea, crème farina, black onion powder, ground cinnamon, orange fine ground lentil, tan fine walnut shells, mane of brown coffee, crème soy and black beans, inside nostrils of brown coffee, white powdered rice, eyes of white powdered rice, black onion powder, dark red ground cinnamon, green fine ground split pea, brown coffee, pupils of black seaweed, eyelids of black onion powder, bronze fine cut strawflower, lashes of seaweed, area around eyes-black onion powder, inside ears of black onion seed, hi-lites of creme farina, around mouth-black onion powder, dark grey ground cinnamon, brown coffee, tan fine walnut shell, under chin-black onion powder, body of brown coffee, orange fine ground lentil, reddish brown ground cinnamon, tan fine walnut shell, creme farina, green fine ground split pea, stars of white fuzzy cut everlasting, light green fine ground split pea, lower legs black onion powder, light green fine ground split pea, crème farina, hooves of black seaweed. Blanket of faces of black beans, sides of black ground onion seed, designs of white, yellow and xmas red button mums, blue fine cut statice, orange peach fine ground lentil, green fine ground split pea, black onion powder. Top design-black onion powder, red large kidney beans, yellow and green whole split peas, blue fine cut statice. Children riding horse-faces of crème and dark creme farina, white powdered rice, eyebrows of onion powder and dark pink fine cut strawflower, nose shadows of dark pink fine cut strawflower, mouth of dark pink fine cut strawflower, white powdered rice and black onion powder, eyelids of dark pink fine cut strawflower, creme farina and black onion powder, eyelashes of light blue and dark blue fine cut statice, pupils of black seaweed, white powdered rice, light green fine ground split pea and dark green fine ground parsley, black onion powder, crème farina, hands of dark crème farina. Front Girl-black onion seed and gold clover seed, fronts of black onion powder, all small dots, crème soy beans, red cranberries, yellow and green whole split peas, orange and brown whole lentils, small circles of black onion powder, medium/brown ovals, brown whole lentils, black beans, reddish/brown pinto beans and white navy beans, crème soys beans and black beans, hair of black seaweed, flower accents of light pink dendrob blooms, shirt stripes of kermit green and wine mums, black onion seed, elfin pink mums, light lavender mums, dark lavender mums, black onion seed. Middle Child-black seaweed, onion powder, small kidney dots, black beans, fine ground black beans and fine ground rice, dots of blue statice, yellow strawflower, wine mums, onion powder. Shirt-mums-light beau, light lavender wine mums, blue fine cut statice-Jacket Squares of yellow button mums. Sleeves of light lavender, wine, kermit green, elfin pink, dark lavender mums, black onion seed and trim of black beans. Last Child-hair and hat of black seaweed, design of black beans, light beau mums, navy beans, white button mums, ground onion seed, white button mums, whole orange lentils, light beau mums, blue statice, light beau mums, white button mums, blue fine cut statice. Sculpted Flowers: wine mums, black beans, pink carnation petals, red fine cut strawflower, dark wine fine cut strawflower, pink carnation petals. Colorful Accents: yellow whole split peas, orange whole lentils, light pink fine cut strawflower, blue fine cut statice, red small kidney beans, backs of white fine ground rice, red fine cut strawflower, green ground parsley flakes. Sculpted Flowers, centers of wine mums, black beans, , petals of gold flax/clover seed, orange fine cut lentil, white large lima beans, backs of white fine ground rice and green ground parsley seed. Big Flowers-centers of gold mums, dark beau mums, petals of white fine cut everlasting, pink fine cut strawflower, light lavender mums, backs of white fine ground rice and green ground parsley. Small Daisies-centers of gold and dark beau mums, petals of white fine cut everlasting, light lavender mums, fine cut pink strawflower, backs of white fine ground rice and green ground parsley. Birds: beaks of yellow fine cut strawflower and orange fine ground lentil, black onion seed, eyes of black onion powder, white powdered rice and blue fine cut statice, around eyes-yellow whole split peas, orange whole lentils, main boday of black onion powder, dark blue and light blue fine cut statice, orange fine ground lentil, yellow fine ground split pea, legs of black onion powder, dots of yellow whole split pea, orange whole lentils, dark blue and light blue fine cut statice, light pink, red, dark pink and bronze fine cut strawflower. Fancy Tails-black onion powder, circles of black beans and black onion seed. Peacock on horses tail-top crown of red fine cut strawflower and blue fine cut statice, beak of red fine cut strawflower, eyes of blue fine cut statice, and white powdered rice, chest and butt of black seaweed, black onion powder, big dots of soy beans and orange whole lentils, small dots of crème soy beans, rd fine cut strawflower and orange lentils, legs of black onion powder. Tail-background of light orange fine ground lentil, dark orange ground lentil, designs of green and yellow whole split pea, black beans. Peacock, eyes of black onion powder, white powdered rice, around eyes-white powdered rice, beak of yellow fine cut strawflower, body of blue, light blue and purple fine cut statice, wings of yellow, orange carnation petals and black beans, trim of black ground onion seed, tail of green ground parsley flakes, black beans, green whole split peas and dark green mung beans and green ground parsley flakes. Tree of Life-trunk of brown coffee, leaves of green ground parsley, fruit of dark red ground cinnamon, white powdered rice. Houses-chimney’s of black onion pow der, window frames, faces and edges of white navy petals and white fine ground rice, inside windows of yellow fine cut strawflower and orange fine ground lentils. Front houses of dry/natural bac bac, Christmas/cranberry beans, walls of natural dry cinnamon sticks, roofs of eucalyptus leaves, 1/4 inch rope, dry cinnamon sticks and white pumpkin seeds. Rear Houses of roofs with natural dry bac bac, crème corn husk, natural dry moneta fruit pods, corn husk, 1/4 inch rope, walls of cinnamon sticks, wheat triticum. Mountains-white roses, white gyp, green springer, light blue iris, lavender cats, light blue hybrid double stock, light blue and dark blue hybrid delphiniums, dark lavender roses. Floral Gardens-deep red roses, red gerberas, grey spanish moss and medium pomegranates, red ti leaves, peach roses and acapulco gerberas, orange roses, grey Spanish moss, green monstera leaves, green lotus pods, green cymbidiums, small sunflowers, red roses, white roses, white cats, white iris, yellow gerberas, spanish grey moss and medium artichokes.
All text and information courtesy Pasadena Tournament of Roses.
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Posted 03 January 2017 - 10:42 AM
American Armenian Rose Float Association’s “Field Of Dreams!” Wins Past Presidents Trophy
PASADENA — The Pasadena Tournament of Roses has announced the winning float entries that participate in the 128th Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed “Echoes of Success,” and the American Armenian Rose Float Association’s entry “Field Of Dreams!” has won Past Presidents Trophy for most creative design and use of both floral and non-floral materials.
The 2017 Pasadena Tournament of Roses theme, “Echoes of Success,” tells the story of how our character has developed through the selfless contributions of others and celebrates their inspirational gifts. It is a celebration for those people, institutions and organizations that help in the success of others.
Featuring three children atop a majestic Artsakh (Karabakh) stallion in the foreground descending from historic Mt. Ararat in the background where Noah’s Arc came to rest. Mt. Ararat has long stood as a spiritual symbol of faith for people around the world. Also growing out from the soil of this snow-capped mountain, a pomegranate tree with a peacock, a symbol of good fortune and fertility for Armenians around the world. The children atop the stallion wearing traditional Armenian garments hold symbols representing literature, music and science, paying tribute to fields in which this historic and ancient people have contributed to the collective human experience. This years uplifting theme “Echoes of Success” is represented in this positive portrayal paying homage to accomplishments of Armenians in the fields of music, literature and science.
Posted 28 December 2017 - 09:26 AM
The American Armenian Rose Float Association (AARFA) has released the design for the next Armenian rose float, which will take part in the 129th Pasadena Tournament of Roses, on January 1, 2018. This will be the Armenian rose float’s fourth consecutive participation in the world-renowned tournament.
Carrying the theme “Armenian Roots,” the new Armenian rose float will be dedicated to Armenian mothers, daughters, sisters, and grandmothers, as individuals who are the foundation of acts of kindness that enrich the lives of others; who are a source of inspiration, hope, joy, and optimism; and whose unconditional love contributes to the greatness of their communities and nation.
The theme of the Armenian rose float echoes the general theme of the 129th Pasadena Tournament of Roses, which “Making a Difference.” As described by Lance Tibbet, president of the 2017-2018 Tournament of Roses, “ The ‘Making a Difference’ theme is a way to honor and celebrate all of the people in our communities who, quietly and without desire for reward or recognition, act in selfless, generous, and kind ways to aid or benefit others.”
The design of the new Armenian rose float was conceived by AARFA Board member Johnny Kanounji. The centerpiece consists of the bust of a young woman dressed in traditional Armenian garments and headgear and tending a young pomegranate tree. The elements in the back and front of the imposing centerpiece comprise a colorful pastiche of Armenian motifs, including Armenian carpets and pomegranates. While some of the patterns of the carpets are nods to ancient Armenian architecture and heraldry, their background colors are also rich in symbology. The green, for instance, symbolizes hope, renewal, life, and spring; and red symbolizes beauty, wealth, courage, joy, and faith.
The first Armenian rose float, which carried the theme “Cradle of Civilization,” went on to earn the Pasadena Tournament of Roses’ prestigious President’s Award for “most effective floral use and presentation.” “On New Year’s Day, 2015, as the first Armenian rose float in history rolled down Colorado Boulevard, it promoted Armenian culture and identity in Los Angeles and across the world,” AARFA President Stepan Partamian said as he addressed the guests.
The second Armenian rose float road on January 1, 2016, the theme, “Find your Adventure,” called “Discover Armenia” encompassed major Armenian landmarks as well as references to Armenian history — including the Sardarapat and Tsitsernakaberd memorials, the Tatev Monastery, Artsakh’s “We Are Our Mountains” monument, the Ughtasar Petroglyphs, the khachkar cemetery of Old Jugha, and the Urartian Sphinx, among others. Both the first and the newest Armenian rose floats were designed by AARFA Board member Johnny Kanounji, depicting the beauty and millennia-old culture of Armenia and Artsakh, the Armenian rose float will also help promote tourism in our homeland.
On January 2, 2017, AARFA showcased “Echoes of Success” down Colorado Blvd. and again within three years won its second trophy, Past President’s Trophy for Best Design and Best use of Floral and Non-Floral Design, platforming the American Armenian diaspora success story. It was an honor to share Armenia as a success story in the world during the 2017 Rose Parade. This float belongs to every Armenian in the United States and around the world. One hundred years ago, the Tournament of Roses chose Mr. Pashgian, an American Armenian, as the Grand Marshall, and now, the American Armenian community will again be represented with a float for the fourth year in a row.
On New Year’s Day, 2018, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses will be seen by about 700,000 spectators in Pasadena and a global audience in 245 countries and territories.
As in previous years, some 600 community volunteers will work on the floral assembly of the 2018 Armenian rose float. Given the considerable cost of materials and construction of the float, the AARFA is appealing for generous grassroots community support.
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