Singpoli Group, LLC and Paradiso Parade Floats announced that their entry for the 2016 Rose Parade will be titled “Marco Polo: East Meets West.”
The centerpiece of the entry will be a fire-breathing dragon. The dragon breathes real fire throughout the parade. Amazingly, the dragon (if it were extended in full) would be 175 feet long. The float will be comprised of 85 percent fresh floral products. Additionally it will use more citrus than any other float.
“We’re excited for the 2016 Rose Parade and its theme of ‘Finding Your Adventure,'” said Kin Hui, CEO Singpoli Group. “Our entry will continue our message which is aimed at bridging eastern and western cultures.”
The 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade marks the third year in a row Singpoli has entered a float in America’s New Year’s Celebration. In 2014, the Meier-designed “Connecting Cultures, Delivering Dreams” won the parade’s Extraordinare Trophy for “Most Spectacular Float”In 2015, the Meier-designed “A Bright Future”, which depitcted a the legendary firebird, was honored with the Grand Marshal’s Trophy for “Excellence in Creative Concept and Design.”
This magnificent design draws inspiration from Marco Polo’s travels from Venice, Italy to China. A costumed rider portrays Marco Polo riding on the moon bridge at the front of the float. The Venetian flag, featuring St. Mark’s winged lion waves overhead. A spectacular fire-breathing dragon symbolizes the beauty and mystery of the east. In Chinese mythology, dragons are benevolent creatures that represent strength and good fortune. The dragon’s dramatic looping body would measure 175 feet long if it were straightened. The styling of the dragon intentionally blends Chinese elements with the look of European fairy tale dragons. This fusion of cultures embodies the core values of Singpoli — building bridges between east and west. Stylized clouds inspired by Chinese embroidery float over a lush garden of flowering trees.