National Parks figure big in Tournament of Roses Parade

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Posted by Ballpark Frank ( on 11:56:43 01/01/16

Anyone lucky enough to have watched the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena had to notice the recurring reminders of the National Park Service Centennial being celebrated this year.

This year's parade theme was "Find Your Adventure". While there were a few floats that depicted adventure in wild places and exotic overseas locales, way too many opted for urban/suburban outdoor recreation themes. At least, they weren't pushing spectator sports (with the exception of the L.A. Lakers float).

There were several of the antique motor coaches that served both Glacier and Yellowstone, and even one horse drawn Yellowstone touring wagon. One of the motor coaches appeared to be a White Motor Coach job. The other, I'm not sure of. It was way old! I know several of the vehicles, possibly all of them, are owned by private individuals.

My suspicion is that the NPS had some hand in publicizing the Centennial celebration, including mention of the "Find Your Park" theme, but I did not notice any overt NPS presence in the parade.

Anybody have inside info on the NPS role behind the scenes?

DanM.: The Disneyland float was outstanding, especially the Millenium Falcon mock-up hovering over the Imperial Storm Troopers.


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