Dole Family Day: Dole Rose Parade Float 2016

I’ve always wanted to get up close and possibly decorate a Rose Parade Float and DOLE made it all possible when they invited us to Dole Family Day last Sunday. We got to check out various floats that will be part of the Rose Parade 2016. We help out in decorating and did tons of fun activities including rock climbing, face painting, balloon twisting, meeting Santa, going back and forth the giant jumper, and trying various Dole products.

Check out our Dole Family Day pictures including one with the Rose Parade Court and our yummy Cuban sandwich lunch. Also join the sweepstakes to Win a Hawaiian Vacation and learn about the upcoming FREE event “Live on Green” below.


Dole is proud to be a five-time sweepstakes winner of the Tournament of Roses Parade. Dole Packaged Food’s 2016 float “Soaring Over Paradise” will include four fresh waterfalls, a zip-line that will allow a rider to travel through the lush rainforest canopy, and a flock of brilliantly colored sculptured Macaws that appear to take flight over the dense floral floor of the float.

We got to help decorate the float. There weren’t any fresh flowers yet though, they save that part during the last 2-3 days before the actual Rose Parade. We did use dried parsley to decorate. Thanks to Dole Packaged Foods for giving us the chance to participate. There were other volunteers decorating as well (mostly girl scouts).


Top Left: Cousins with the Rose Parade Court 2016
Right: Kids got their Face Painted and was waiting for the Balloon twister to finish their balloon design requests.

The 2016 Dole Packaged Foods float also highlights Dole’s environmental practices, respect for natural resources and commitment to non-GMO packaged fruit through its vibrant depiction. The float will feature fresh, non-GMO fruits and vegetables grown by DOLE, including bananas, pineapples and mangoes. Speaking of Dole products, there was a fridge full of Dole Dippers that we really enjoyed during Dole Family Day.

Top Left: We were greeted with Dole pins, shirts, and other souvenirs.
Bottom Left: with my sisters in law and the Dole Rose Parade Float 2016 on the background
Right: The family helping decorate the Dole Rose Parade Float

The kids did not only do all the kiddie activities available for them during the Dole Family Day, but they also helped out in decorating the Dole float. What an awesome thing to do as a family. Wanna get it on all the fun? Dole is doing another family event that you can attend which will happen before the Rose Parade 2016. Check the info below:


Dole will have a major presence at the first “Live on Green” event in Downtown Pasadena. The three day event, Dec. 29 – 31, at the Pasadena Convention Center will have a special memoriam for Raul R. Rodriguez. Rodriguez designed DOLE’s winning 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Rose Parade floats, all with his pet Macaw, Sebastian, right by his side. Rodriguez designed 528 floats during his 38-year long career, 31 of which were Sweepstakes Trophy winners in the Rose Parade.


Top Left: I got to try Rock Climbing for the first time. My arm muscles hurt the next day.
Middle Top: Our yummy lunch from one of two food trucks: Cuban Sandwich and plantains.
Middle Bottom: The Rose Parade Float of Torrance.


At “Live on Green,” explore 100,000 square feet of free entertainment, unique and rare exhibitions, and fun activities, as well as indulge in healthy snacks and beverages at the Dole Bistro.

Dole California Cook-Off Champion Ally Phillips of Ally’s Kitchen will perform live cooking demonstrations and share quick and fun recipes featuring non-GMO Dole Packaged Foods’ products.Children can also romp and play at the Scholarshare Toddler Play Area. There is fun to be had for the entire family at the Family Fun Zone, and visitors can also enjoy live performances throughout the event including sing-a-longs and strolling musicians.

For more information, and a schedule of daily events, please visit


Dole Products we got to try: Dole Dippers (Chocolate covered banana & pineapple) and our lil’ one tried all the varieties of  Fruitocracy Food Pouches after all the jumping at the giant jumper.

Like all the fun is not enough, Dole is also giving us all an opportunity to win a trip to Hawaii:


Dole is launching a sweepstakes in which one lucky winner and a guest will get to travel to a rainforest paradise. Launching today, and running through midnight on December 31, 2015, fans can enter for a chance to win a grand prize Hawaiian vacation, including hotel and airfare. For more information about the sweepstakes, and to enter, visit or













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