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Rose Parade 2012: Dole float wins top honor again

January 2, 2012 |  8:39 am

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Tournament of Roses officials announced the winning floats in judging for the 2012 Rose Parade, bestowing the Sweepstakes Award on Dole’s “Preserving Paradise” float.

It was the second consecutive year a Dole flat won the tournament’s highest honor. This year’s entry featured a temple styled after Thailand’s Royal Palace, along with an elephant, a tiger and, of course, lots of fruit.

The Grand Marshal's Award for most creative concept and design again went to a Discover Card float, “The Dream Believers.”

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Other winning floats included the Republic of Indonesia's “Wonderful Indonesia” display, which won the President’s Award for most effective use and presentation of flowers, and Kaiser Permanente’s  “Every Body Walk” float, which nabbed the Lathrop K. Leishman Award for the most beautiful entry from a noncommercial sponsor.

The tournament gave out 24 awards in total.

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Photo: A young boy slumbers amid building activity on Colorado Boulevard before the start of Monday's Rose Parade. Credit: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

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