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‘Armenian Melodies’ Float Wins Grand Marshal Award

The “Armenian Melodies” float was modeled to portray the strength and resilience of Armenian matriarchs.

The American Armenian Rose Float Association earned the Grand Marshal award for “most outstanding creative concept and float design” for its “Armenian Melodies” float in the 135th Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day.
Inspired by the strength of Armenian matriarchs throughout history, the float featured dynamic Armenian mother and daughter figures dressed in vibrant, traditional garb, surrounded by important symbols within Armenian heritage and culture. In line with the Tournament of Roses theme, “Celebrating a World of Music,” “Armenian Melodies” showcased several musical instruments endemic to Armenia.
Glendale resident Meline Mailyan rode in the float, which was adorned with symbolic objects including Armenian instruments, birds and pomegranates. Mailyan is on the board of Center for Truth and Justice, an organization that formed to tell the stories of Armenian war survivors.
This was the sixth year the American Armenian Rose Float Association has participated in the Tournament of Roses with the mission of “inspiring, educating and raising awareness around the rich history, traditions and values of the Armenian community” through its floats, as stated on the organization’s website.

First published in the January 6 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

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