Among the floats in next week's 124th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade will be one that represents Los Angeles International Airport, it was announced Wednesday.

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."

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.

- City News Service