Honda Dreams Float to Lead Rose Parade

The Honda 2013 Rose Parade float entry, “Follow Your Dreams,” will be the first float in the 124th Rose Parade, themed “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!™,” on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.

The float’s design captures the theme through its imaginative depiction of Honda technologies and Dr. Seuss-inspired features.

This marks the 52nd year Honda has collaborated with the Tournament of Roses and its third year as presenting sponsor. The all-new 2013 Honda Accord Sedan will be the parade’s official pace car and the all-new 2013 Honda Accord Coupe will serve as the sound car.

“The world of endless possibilities that awaits us all is creatively displayed on the Honda float, and it truly captures the spirit of the 124th Rose Parade theme, ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!,’” said Tournament of Roses president Sally M. Bixby. “‘Follow Your Dreams’ is a wonderful first float for the Parade on Jan. 1.”

Parade-watchers will witness a 100-foot-long whimsical festival of dreams, imagination and youth that will include three world-champion athletes riding on the float: U.S. sprinter Carmelita Jeter, and from the summer’s “Fierce Five” gymnastics team, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross.

The Honda float features more than 5,000 roses, 11,000 carnations and 2,500 gerberas.

A variety of flowers, plants and seeds will be used, including lavender dendrobs, pink pincushion protea, white queen Anne’s lace, dark blue iris, light pink carnations, orange roses, yellow button mums, bronze fine cut strawflower, purple fine cut statice, red hanging amaranth, Kermit green mums, brown flax seed, green ground parsley flakes, black onion seed, green ground split pea, shiny grey silverleaf, red large kidney beans and cream corn husk, among many others.

All of these natural materials will later be ground up for mulch after the conclusion of the parade activities.

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