The U creates float for annual Rose Bowl Parade
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah— The University of Utah is preparing their float for the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California this weekend.
In recent years, the parade has made a unique requirement. All of the materials for decoration must be natural; flowers, bark, or other plants cover the state of the art technology.
The parade travels five and a half miles down Colorado Boulevard in front of around 800,000 people and this year’s parade will feature 47 floats.
Sneak peek at our #RoseParade float…
47 floats will take part in this year’s parade. Every float must be completely covered in organic material. This includes carnations and roses, but it also entails various seeds, beans & dried flowers that are crushed, cut & pulverized. pic.twitter.com/OMkRZlgxjH
— University of Utah (@UUtah) December 29, 2021
The Rose Bowl parade is a long standing tradition- with the first parade in 1890. In fact, the first “Tournament of Roses” featured a parade of flowers followed by an afternoon of chariot races, jousting, foot races and tug-of-war.
By 1920, the parade floats were no longer pulled by horse but were replaced by cars.
In 1959, William Wrigley Jr. gave the family mansion in Pasadena to be used for the Tournament of Roses headquarters.
Now, the Utah Utes prepare to face off with the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 108th Rose Bowl Game.
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