BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Building and decorating parade floats could be considered a pastime for Louisianans. With decades of Mardi Gras parade float building, Louisiana is looking to wow the crowds at the 134th Rose Parade in California.
The Louisiana “Celebration Riverboat” will roll in the Rose Parade on the morning of Monday, Jan. 2. State tourism officials hope the float’s showcase on a national stage will draw more people to visit Louisiana.
“All our efforts in the travel and tourism industry in Louisiana are focused on working with our local partners to drive visitation to every corner of the state,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “This year’s riders are wonderful stewards of our festivals and culture, but also outstanding members of their community that demonstrate the welcoming and neighborly nature of Louisianans.”
A mock-up of Celebration Riverboat was released in November showing the riverboat-designed float adorned in flowers. Mike Abboud, a float designer, said Celebration Riverboat is “next level.”
“It’s very dramatic, it represents Louisiana, all the beautiful festivities in Louisiana so we’re excited to see the final outcome,” said Abboud. “Obviously, it’s bigger than life and I feel that once the flowers come one, once it’s finished we are going to have a fantastic-looking float on our hands.”
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Celebration Riverboat.
To watch a timelapse of Celebration Riverboat being built, click here.