Time Lapse: 2013 Honda Tournament of Roses Parade Float





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Published on Jan 2, 2013

The Honda Rose Parade float entry, "Follow Your Dreams," made its debut on Jan. 1, 2013. Check out how it started in the beginning stages of construction and made its splendid appearance as the first float in the 124th Rose Parade on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. The float's design captures the parade theme, "Oh, the Places You'll Go!™," through its imaginative depiction of innovative Honda technologies and Dr. Seuss-inspired features.

Can you spot the three world-champion athletes riding on the float on New Year's Day: U.S. sprinter Carmelita Jeter, and from the summer's "Fierce Five" gymnastics team, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross?

The Honda float featured more than 5,000 roses, 11,000 carnations and 2,500 gerberas. A variety of flowers, plants and seeds were used, including lavender dendrobs, pink pincushion protea, white queen Anne's lace, dark blue iris, light pink carnations, orange roses, Kermit green mums, brown flax seed, shiny grey silverleaf, red large kidney beans and cream corn husk, among many others. All of these natural materials are later ground up for mulch after the conclusion of the parade activities.

For the third straight year, Honda's float was propelled by a specially configured hybrid, low-emission engine to help the float function more efficiently and reduce its carbon footprint.


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