South Dakota Rose Parade Entry Sees California Sun
The South Dakota Department of Tourism’s Rose Parade float made a dry run this past weekend on the streets of Pasadena. The test was conducted to see how the float performs on the street.
South Dakota Secretary of Tourism Jim Hagen says in a press release that the float is not completely parade ready. “There is still much work to do, but the Phoenix team has done an exceptional job to this point, and we look forward to seeing the finished product.”
This first test run is necessary in order to be sure everything is operating properly. Another test run will take place in early September.
“The elements chosen to be featured on the float were based on several factors. First was the theme of the 2016 Rose Parade, which is a salute to the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service,” said Hagen. “Elements were also chosen in order to give people an overview of the variety of what South Dakota has to offer. You’ll see a nod to our agricultural economy, Native American culture, and some of our iconic wildlife.”
The theme of the 2016 Rose Parade is “Find Your Adventure.” This theme has grown out of a partnership between the Rose Parade and the U.S. National Park Service, and will help shine a light on the centennial celebration of our country’s national parks.