WAIKIKI - A favorite tradition among visitors and residents, the Aloha Festivals 72nd Annual Floral Parade will host a colorful procession of traditional pau riders (equestrian units), elaborate floats adorned with thousands of fresh flowers and plants, live Hawaiian music, hula halau, local marching bands, keiki conch shell blowers, the 2018 Royal Court, and Hawaii elected officials and honored guests including Gov. David Ige, Lt. Governor Doug Chin, Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, 2018 Honolulu Little League World Series Champions, and this year’s Ambassadors of Aloha, Ben Aipa, Bonnie Kahapea and Leighton Tseu.

The iconic event celebrated this year’s theme: “No Ke Kai Kakou E – We are of the Sea,” with float designs, decorated vehicles and parade participants honoring Hawaii’s special ocean heritage.

Hawaiians of all generations have relied on the sea as an abundant source of sustenance. The ocean provides a cool respite to all who visit Hawaii’s shores, and is a source of recreation for surfers, canoe paddlers and the expanding world of watersports.

The ocean serves as the unpaved highways that Hawaiian and Polynesian voyagers continue to navigate, and ultimately which connect Hawaii with the rest of the world. Taking cues from this theme, this year’s Aloha Festivals ribbons and shirts also reflect this motif.

The parade route went from Ala Moana Beach Park via Ala Moana Blvd. and proceeded down Kalakaua Ave. to Kapiolani Park.