Celebrate the 2016 Rose Parade with DOLE at the "Live on Green" event

Growing up in Southern California, the Rose Parade has been a New Year's Day tradition my entire life. Well, with it being the 127th Rose Parade, it is safe to say it has been a tradition for more than just my lifetime. This year thanks to DOLE I was able to fulfill a life long dream of helping to build a Rose Parade float. I loved being so close to all of the details behind the scenes and now I can't wait to see it on New Year's Day. 

You can join in on the countdown to the Rose Parade with Dole Packaged Foods at the First “Live on Green" event. Families are invited to indulge in food, entertainment and fun activities at free three-day event in Downtown Pasadena.

Dole Packaged Foods announced the expansion of its Rose Parade presence with food and fun as part of the first “Live on Green” event in Downtown Pasadena. The annual Rose Parade is a prominent Southern California tradition viewed by millions across the nation year after year. Dole has shared in this annual tradition for the past five years, winning the sweepstakes trophy for most beautiful float every year it has entered. 

Here's a sneak peek of what you can expect from DOLE this year. 

At “Live on Green,” Angelenos and visitors from around the world will explore 100,000 square feet of free entertainment, unique and rare exhibitions, and fun activities, as well as indulge in healthy snacks and beverages at the Dole Bistro. Dole California Cook-Off Champion Ally Phillips of Ally’s Kitchen will perform live cooking demonstrations and share quick and fun recipes featuring non-GMO Dole Packaged Foods’ products.  

While adults enjoy refreshing snacks and beverages at the Dole Bistro, children can romp and play at the Scholarshare Toddler Play Area. There is fun to be had for the entire family at the Family Fun Zone, and visitors can also enjoy live performances throughout the event including sing-a-longs and strolling musicians.  

Although I was most excited about getting my hands on some of the floats, my girls were most excited about meeting the 2016 Royal Court.

The “Live on Green” event takes place Dec. 29 and 30, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Dec. 31, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pasadena Conference Center. The festivities will be centered around the National Park Service as it welcomes its Centennial celebration, and numerous other exciting vendors and sponsors will create memorable experiences for attendees. KTLA-5 will be broadcasting daily from the event. For more information, and a schedule of daily events, please visit liveongreenpasadena.com.

To kick off the final road to the 2016 Rose Parade, Dole is launching a sweepstakes in which one lucky winner and a guest will get to travel to a rainforest paradise. Launching today, and running through midnight on December 31, 2015, fans can enter for a chance to win a grand prize Hawaiian vacation, including hotel and airfare. For more information about the sweepstakes, and to enter, visit Facebook.com/DolePackaged or Dole.com/paradise.