Milk and Roses? Rose Bowl Parade Float Flows with River of Milk

The 127th running of the Rose Bowl Parade is one of the country's most storied New Year’s traditions. This year’s parade float theme urges that the 48 floats "Find Your Adventure." Leading an adventure for dairy farmers, the California Milk Advisory Board is taking part for the first time with its float of flowers titled "Adventures in Real Food."

And while the float itself is under wraps until Friday morning the rendering here shows just how many food favorites feature dairy foods.

A “river” of milk flows throughout the float with a wheel of cheese serving as the sun. Float riders — a group of young dairy leaders— will ride dairy-packed food like a pizza and grilled cheese sandwich while a satellite to the float is designed to mimic a banana split, with a cherry on top of the whipped cream and ice cream.

What about the flowers?

The float features yellow China and Fuji mums, orange lilies, tulips, pincushion protea, solidaster, orange gladiolus, sunflowers and others. Cherries that top to the sundae are made of solid red roses.

Dairy farmers use a lot of byproducts from agriculture to feed their cows like citrus pulp and almond hulls. Those byproducts help make up the crust of the pizza, the bread of the grilled cheese, skin of the baked potato, and the wooden cheeseboard on the float. Corn kernels create the cover of the cheddar cheese wheel.

The floats move at a very leisurely pace as the parade is five hours long. TV coverage of the 127th Rose Bowl Parade begins at 11 a.m. Eastern time but check your local listings for broadcast outlets in your area.