China Airlines wins prize at 2022 Rose Parade in U.S.
Los Angeles, Jan. 1 (CNA) A cycling-themed float sponsored by China Airlines (CAL) won the International Award for most outstanding float from outside the United States at the Rose Parade in Los Angeles Jan. 1.
The honor received by CAL's 17-meter long, 5-meter wide, and 7.5-meter high float, which features a family experiencing Taiwan on two wheels, made it the record-breaking 30th win for the airline, one of Taiwan's biggest carriers.
The float was decorated with Taiwanese symbols such as Tung blossoms, orchids, and models of the country's cuisine such as braised pork rice and boba tea.
According to CAL, the float was designed with the aim of attracting international visitors to Taiwan once border restrictions are lifted.
Float designer John Ramirez, who is married to a Taiwanese woman, said he was proud of his artwork and how it acted as a bridge to showcase Taiwan to the world using elements familiar to Westerners.
"I have to design the float so that the rest of the world can understand and appreciate Taiwan, but then we also look for themes and elements to put on the float that people from Taiwan recognize too and can be proud of," he told CNA.
Ramirez said his biggest hope now was to emulate the float's tableau and bike around Taiwan with his family.
CAL said that the design concept of a family exploring and learning about new cultures on bicycles fit well with this year's parade theme of "Dream. Believe. Achieve."
It showed CAL was ready to welcome visitors to Taiwan once COVID-19 subsides, the airline added.
Since 1987, CAL has participated in the annual parade, which takes place before the Rose Bowl, one of American college football's biggest annual postseason games.
Although the 2021 Rose Parade was canceled due to COVID-19, the event made a return this year thanks to growing vaccination rates.
This year, around 50 floats, 20 marching bands, and 18 equestrian teams participated in the event.
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