LOS ANGELES - Among the floats in this year's 124th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade will be one that represents Los Angeles International Airport, it was announced today.
Dubbed "Making Connections," the float feature the LAX pylons and Theme Building, airport officials said. The centerpiece is a replica of the airport's new $1.5 billion Tom Bradley International Terminal, part of which is set to open next year.
More than 7,000 roses and nearly 5,000 carnations will go on the float, which also features a Boeing 767 replica almost 17 feet high, palm trees and a sign post highlighting the city's 25 "sister cities."
Representatives from six sister cities, Auckland, New Zealand; Guangzhou, China; Mexico City, Mexico; Nagoya, Japan; Berlin, Germany; and Salvador, Brazil, will ride on the float.
Los Angeles World Airports and the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, which sponsored the city's float, decided to feature the airport to fit the parade's theme this year -- Dr. Seuss' "Oh, The Places You'll Go."
"Los Angeles tops the list of places people want to go as one of the most visited destinations in the United States and, every year, LAX assists more than 62 million passengers with `making connections' worldwide," the Tourism & Convention Board's senior vice president for marketing, Patti MacJennett, said. "The parade theme couldn't have been more perfect for the Los Angeles tourism message and the global exposure for the destination is priceless.
The float will be the city's 115th consecutive entry, making it the longest running participant in the parade. No taxpayer funds were used to pay for the float, according to airport officials.
The "Making Connections" float was designed by Pasadena-based Phoenix Decorating Company.