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Longest Rose Parade float ever

By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Posted: 6 am ET

Those watching the 2014 Rose Parade will experience Honda's unprecedented 274-foot float. (Photo from Honda)

Those watching the 2014 Rose Parade will experience Honda's unprecedented 274-foot float. (Photo from Honda)

The 125th annual Tournament of Roses Parade, held this New Year's Day, will be led by the longest float in the parade's history. Logging in at 274 feet, the float is built and sponsored by Honda, which is the parade's presenting sponsor for the fourth consecutive year.

The float, which is titled "Keeping Dreams on Track," is actually five "train" cars powered by a specially configured Honda hybrid engine. The float is led by the "locomotive" featuring Honda's humanoid robot ASIMO "driving" an Acura NSX sports car.

Other train cars feature a Honda engine, the company's task-performing robotic arm and a caboose with a HondaJet theme. Other unique elements include a 30-foot-by-10-foot LED video screen, a Rose Parade first, that will project parade viewers into the screen allowing them to virtually ride along, as well as students who are participating in the TOMODACHI-Honda Cultural Exchange Program between the U.S. and Japan. The entire float will be set to an exclusive soundtrack composed by Grammy-winning songwriter and music producer Daniel Ho.

As with all the Rose Parade floats, the Honda float will be decorated with flowers, seeds and other natural materials that are ground up and used as mulch after the parade. The Honda float itself will be adorned with about 8,980 flowers, almost double the amount used on the float last year, including nearly 6,000 roses.

The 125th annual Tournament of Roses Parade will be broadcast live from the parade route in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 1, 2014 beginning at 8 a.m. Pacific time on numerous outlets including ABC, NBC and HGTV.

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.

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