Surfing Dogs WOW Al Roker at Rose Parade

Weatherman extraordinaire Al Roker has never been happier than when he witnessed two dogs surfing at this year’s Rose Parade.

It’s not out of Roker’s character to occasionally get super hyped, but this time was unique even for him. This comes after a year where viewers were exposed to a different side of Al, highlighted by a surprising on-air argument with fellow Today Show anchor Billy Bush during the Rio Olympics.

As we turn the calendar to 2017, let’s hope we see more of the puppy-loving/jovial version of the weatherman. At 62 years of age, Roker has now been with NBC for 38 years and doesn’t need anymore drama.

The 128th Tournament of Roses Parade is officially in the books, and here are some winners of the day:

Category: Animation
Winner: Northwestern Mutual
Theme: Waves of Hope

Category: Bob Hope Humor
Winner: La Canada Flintridge Tournament of Roses
Theme: Backyard Rocketeer

Category: Craftsman Trophy
Winner: Netflix
Theme: Soar Beyond Imagination

Category: Crown City Innovation
Winner: 24 Hour Fitness
Theme: Do More With Your 24

Category: Directors’
Winner: Western Asset Management Company
Theme: Prosperity in the Wild

Category: Extraordinaire Trophy
Winner: Lucy Pet
Theme: Lucy’s Pet Gnarly Crankin’ K-9 Wave Maker

Category: Fantasy
Winner: BDK
Theme: The Monkey King: Journey to Success

Category: Founders’
Winner: Cal Poly Universities
Theme: A New Leaf

Category: Grand Marshal’s
Winner: Farmers Insurance

Category: International
Winner: China Airlines
Theme: Return to the Beauty of Taiwan

Category: Isabella Coleman
Winner: The UPS Store, Inc.
Theme: Books Bring Us Together

Category: Judges’ Special
Winner: Union Bank and the American Heart Association
Theme: Keep the Beat Alive

Category: Lathrop K. Leishman
Winner: AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Theme: To Honor & Remember Orlando

Category: Mayor’s
Winner: Sierra Madre Rose Float Association
Theme: The Cat’s Away

Category: National
Winner: RAGU Pasta Sauce
Theme: Simmered in Tradition

Category: President’s
Winner: The Bachelor
Theme: Echoes of Love

Category: Princess’
Winner: Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee, Inc.
Theme: Doing Good in the World

Category: Queen’s
Winner: Miracle-Gro
Theme: Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Category: Sweepstakes
Winner: Dole Packaged Foods
Theme: Spirit of Hawaii

Category: Theme (overall excellence in presenting Parade theme)
Winner: Donate Life
Theme: Teammates in Life

Category: Tournament Special Trophy
Winner: Trader Joe’s
Theme: All Aboard! 50 Years of Serving the Best

Category: Tournament Volunteers Trophy
Winner: Torrance Rose Float Association
Theme: Be Your Own Knight

Another year, another impressive spectacle of floral magnificence. Here’s to a 2017 that’s as lovely as the Rose Parade flowers.



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