Happy New Year from Pasadena, California! The 127th Tournament of Roses Parade stepped off this morning as former Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay drove the Acura NSX pace car up Orange Grove Blvd.
This year's parade theme was "Find Your Adventure," to honor the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service. Parade organizers honored one of the park service's most notable ambassadors by selecting documentary filmmaker Ken Burns as Grand Marshal. Burns, the director of "The National Parks" and "Yosemite," will profile one of Pasadena's most famous notable residents, barrier-breaking Hall of Fame baseball star Jackie Robinson, for his next project.
But the highlight of the parade for theme park fans was the Disneyland Resort's float.
Designed to honor the park's 60th anniversary, the Disneyland float featured a representation of Sleeping Beauty's Castle in its "Diamond Celebration" decor.
The three-unit float also featured Elsa's ice palace and characters from Frozen...
and the upcoming Star Wars Land, which starts construction in Disneyland Park on Jan. 11.
And of course, Disney characters abound.
Including the Star Wars characters, old...
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