Pediatric Patients will Ride on City of Duarte/City Hope’s 37th Annual Tournament of Roses Float Entry, “Harvesting Good Health”

The City of Duarte and City of Hope National Medical Center will ring in the New Year in front of millions of viewers with their 37th annual joint float entry in the Tournament of Roses parade on New Year’s Day.

This year’s entry, Harvesting Good Health, showcases the importance of a healthy diet and good nutrition by bringing to life a fun-filled garden patch in a colorful and whimsical setting. It’s a fitting theme for Duarte, whose motto is “The City of Health”.

Riding on the float will be five City of Hope pediatric patients: Michael Miyamoto, 16, of Walnut, Kelsy Lopez, 14, of Pasadena, Jessica Mastan 14, of Pasadena, Carina Melchor, 17, of Anaheim, and Raphael Forbes, 15, of Upland. The teens will be accompanied by City of Hope nurse Awa Jones, RN, BSN, MSHCN.

“Teaching children the importance of nutrition and eating balanced meals is an important key to good health. Teaching children, and adults alike, to ‘feed’

their imaginations adds fun and adventure to life and helps to bring magic to the world -– even to your own backyard,” said Duarte Parks and Recreation Director, Donna Georgino, in explaining the idea behind the float theme.

Harvesting Good Health features children working together to tend their homegrown garden amid oversize fresh fruits and vegetables. Plump melons, crisp asparagus, wholesome corn and fresh peas and carrots are ready to harvest and eat. Gardens of yellow roses and gerbera set the backdrop for floral displays of purple larkspur, yellow and white daisy poms with design clusters of green bells of Ireland, purple liatris, white monte casino and yellow sunflowers.

The watermelon is decorated in dehydrated parsley flakes and crushed green split peas. Ears of fresh corn have been created with shades of yellow and gold strawflower petals. Carrots are decorated in actual dehydrated carrot granules.

Staff from City of Hope, one of the world’s leading cancer centers, along with residents and volunteers from numerous community organizations in Duarte, participated in decorating the float built by leading float builder, Fiesta Parade Floats in Irwindale.

Photo: Volunteer decorates a super-sized tomato for the City of Duarte/City of Hope's 37th Annual float entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade.

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