American Honda's float entry will lead the 2013 Rose Parade this New Year's Day morning. The float entry, titled Follow Your Dreams, builds on the 124th Rose Parade theme of Oh, the Places You'll Go! by featuring Honda technologies intertwined with Dr. Seuss-inspired features.
The 100-foot-long float features an airship with an exposed engine and intertwined exhaust system, a HondaJet flying over colorful trees, a double-propeller helicopter-like vehicle with landing gear extended, and a mobile with a periscope that has moving legs. The float also features a 16-foot working slide, the first working slide in the parade's history. It is symbolic of the journey where dreams take you.
Riding on the float will be three U.S. Olympic champions: sprinter Carmelita Jeter, and gymnasts McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross.
The Honda float will be powered by a specially configured hybrid engine and will be decorated with more than 5,000 roses, 11,000 carnations and 2,500 gerberas, as well as a wide array of other flowers, plants, seeds and even beans.
The year 2013 marks the 52nd year that Honda has partnered with the Tournament of Roses, and this is its third consecutive year as the presenting sponsor. As a result, the float is not considered for judging. In addition to the float, the 2013 Honda Accord sedan is the official pace car of the Rose Parade, and Honda provides other two-wheeled and small vehicles for parade operations.
The 124th Rose Parade begins at 8 a.m. Pacific time on Jan. 1. It is broadcast on multiple television networks throughout the U.S. and in more than 220 international territories and countries.
Will you be watching the Rose Parade this year? Will you be considering any cars made by Honda the next time you trade in your used car?
Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.