Louisiana brings a taste of the bayou to Rose Parade debut
PASADENA, Cali. (KTLA) – New in the Tournament of Roses Parade for 2022 is the very first float in the Louisiana Tourism Board’s âFeed Your Soulâ Rose Parade.
The 55-foot-long, 18-foot-wide, and 24-foot-tall chariot is an invitation that portrays the spirit of the Bayou State with moss-draped cypress trees, a Cajun fisherman in a dugout canoe, carved magnolias, pelicans, crayfish, crabs and donuts covered with powdered sugar. An iconic wrought-iron balcony and French Quarter-style lampposts will also be showcased on the Louisiana Tourism float. American Idol winner and Louisiana Music Ambassador Laine Hardy and the Hot 8 Brass Band will perform mid-parade on a stage in front of the Louisiana tourism logo “Feed Your Soul”.
Over 35,000 roses as well as thousands of orchids, daisies, carnations and over 18,000 purple irises will represent the marsh on the chariot.
Caddo Parish Magnet high school student Ashini Modi is one of seven Louisianans touring Louisiana. Modi, who just turned 17, will represent the many volunteers across the state who help improve the lives of his fellow Louisians. Modi was chosen for this honor for her efforts in serving disadvantaged youth with educational opportunities at her local homeless shelter. Modi started the Reading Rainforest which houses 1,500 books at Providence House in Shreveport. Modi says she seeks to find solutions and bring the arts closer to all people. The ‘Reading Rainforest’ offers children an escape and a source of passion for reading.
The Rose Parade airs on ABC / WGNO from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on New Years Day.
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