Lakers Will Participate In The Rose Parade
November 5, 2015
The Lakers announce their participation in the 127th Rose Parade®, designing a float titled Every Second is an Adventure for the annual celebration. The theme of the float represents the importance of each moment in basketball, capturing the excitement of last-second shots and dramatic finishes Lakers fans have and will experience.
"The Rose Parade is a timeless tradition on New Year's Day and the Lakers are enthusiastic to celebrate the start of 2016 with the rest of the country in this fashion," said Lakers President Jeanie Buss. "Our entry into the Rose Parade is the first of its kind for an NBA team, and we're looking forward to joining the spirited festivities."
Designed by Charles Meier and built by Paradiso Parade Floats, the entry reflects the excitement and energy of the Lakers franchise. Framed inside of a gigantic Lakers logo, at the front of the float will ride special Lakers guests with a replica of the NBA championship trophy, while the Laker Girls will perform alongside the float.
Centered on the float will be a ground-breaking, innovatively designed giant animated basketball that spins while circling a rim, recreating the moment of ultimate suspense in the final seconds of a closely contested basketball game. Adding to the excitement, real fireworks and a burst of streamers will be fired from the base of the hoop.
The giant hoop will also have 16 stars encircling it to symbolize the organization's championships, while the rear of the float will have 10 jerseys of Laker greats. Lastly, the shape of the rear platform is engineered in such a way to suggest rippling water, paying homage to the Lakers' Minnesota origins.
The parade will be on Jan. 1, 2016, followed by the Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual. For additional information on the Tournament of Roses please visit the official website at http://www.tournamentofroses.com