FTD Wows at the 2018 Rose Parade

FTD was proud to once again be the Official Floral Partner of the 2018 Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, CA. FTD Education Consultant and Rose Parade veteran J. Keith White AIFD led a skilled team, including FTD Quality Services Representative Pete Samek AIFD, in designing the floral arrangements adorning the official parade vehicles that carried VIPs such as the parade’s Grand Marshal, actor Gary Sinise. All of the fresh flowers used in the arrangements were provided by the FTD Flower Exchange. This year’s parade, with the theme “Making a Difference,” drew millions of viewers on New Year’s Day.

FTD Quality Services Representative Pete Samek AIFD adds flowers to the car that carried a Rose Bowl Hall of Fame inductee.

FTD Education Consultant J. Keith White AIFD poses with the Grand Marshal car that carried Gary Sinise. The car appeared in the 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life.

Lynne Snyder of Divine Floral & Gifts in Arlington, TX, was the lucky winner of FTD’s 2017 Everyone “Likes” a Parade Sweepstakes. She won an all-expenses-paid trip for two to both the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game. While in California, Lynne was also able to go behind the scenes with Keith White as he decorated the VIP cars.

Sweepstakes Winner: Lynne and Richard Snyder of Divine Floral & Gifts, Arlington, TX

“It was fascinating the see the quantity and variety of flowers and the various attachment methods,” Lynn said of watching Keith in action. “It was also fun to see all the various parade floats and how they were created. It was great to have a relaxing weekend – apologies to the FTD crew that was working very hard the whole week – in the warm California sun, and wonderful to see a fabulous parade and an exciting football game.”

J. Keith White joined Gary Sinise as he tested out the Grand Marshal car.

FTD President and CEO John Walden experienced his first Rose Parade and festivities.

To view our complete album of photos from the 2018 Rose Parade, please visit Facebook.com/MercuryNetwork.


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