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SeaWorld announces float for 125th Rose Parade, in Pasadena

October 15, 2013, 6:00 AM · When SeaWorld last month announced its participation in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, we raised the possibility of SeaWorld entering a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Theme Park Insider's hometown of Pasadena, California, too.

Well, this morning SeaWorld unveiled the design for its "Sea of Surprises" float in the 125th Rose Parade, on Jan. 1, 2014.

SeaWorld's 'Sea of Surprises' Rose Parade float
Artist's rendering provided by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

From SeaWorld's press release:

SeaWorld's float features many of the parks' most popular animals, including killer whales, dolphins, penguins and sea turtles. A 55-foot floral foaming wave of more than 20,000 cascading iris and roses "crash" over a colorful reef, designed with more than 15,000 florescent orange roses. The bright, whimsical coral reef is teeming with marine animals including starfish, sea horses, turtles, manta rays, crabs and fanciful fish.

Designed by Stanley A. Meyer Design LLC, the float will be built by Fiesta Parade Floats. This will be SeaWorld's fourth Rose Parade float but the first in 23 years, with previous floats in the 1989, 1990 and 1991 Rose Parades.

"We feel our 'Sea of Surprises' float is a great way to kick off our 50th Celebration which starts in 2014. The float will bring the inspiration, fun and excitement of our three SeaWorld parks to millions of people, both nationally and internationally," said SeaWorld San Diego spokesperson David Koontz.

We'll be on the Rose Parade route this January, as always, and bring you coverage of the SeaWorld float as well as other highlights of the 125th Rose Parade.

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