Hitomi Gilliam, Phil Hettema and Lilit Khatchaturian
Hitomi Gilliam AIFD, Phil Hettema, and Lilit Khatchaturian  selected for the 131st Rose Parade® presented by Honda

PASADENA, Ca (August 16, 2019) – The Pasadena Tournament of Roses has selected Hitomi Gilliam AIFD, Phil Hettema and Lilit Khatchaturian as judges for the 2020 Float Awards sponsored by FTD. Each year, three judges select winners based on various criteria ranging from creative design and thematic interpretation to floral craftsmanship and artistic merit, to computerized animation and thematic interpretation. The Sweepstakes Trophy is presented to the most beautiful float entry encompassing float design, floral presentation and entertainment.


The award-winning floats will be announced the morning of January 1, 2020 on the front steps of Tournament House by the 2020 Tournament of Roses President Laura Farber.  The 2020 Rose Parade presented by Honda will begin at 8:00AM/PST and will broadcast in the United States and around the world to kick off America’s New Year Celebration®.

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About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®

The Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that hosts America’s New Year Celebration® with the Rose Parade®presented by Honda, the Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual and a variety of accompanying events. 935 volunteer members of the association will drive the success of 131st Rose Parade themed “The Power of Hope,” on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, followed by the 106th Rose Bowl Game.  For more information, Like us on Facebook and follow us on TwitterInstagram and YouTube.

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