Published on : Friday, December 17, 2021
For the first time in the 133rd history of the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Ca., Louisiana will be prominently featured with a stunning float of its own, according to Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser.
The float will depict the spirit of the Bayou State showcasing moss-draped cypress trees, a Cajun fisherman in a pirogue, sculptured magnolias, pelicans, crawfish, crabs, and powdered sugar covered beignets. An iconic wrought-iron balcony and French Quarter-style lampposts will also be highlighted 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.”
Lt. Governor Nungesser said, “As we open our doors to the world and compete with tourism destinations across the globe, it’s important to think outside the box. So many families and friends gather to watch the Rose Parade and by putting our state on an international stage, we are welcoming millions of guests to our great state. The float is beautifully designed to remind viewers and potential visitors of our rich heritage, sensational cuisine, and rock-your-socks-off music. We want to feed everyone’s soul with a little Louisiana on New Year’s Day.”
The parade theme for 2022 is Dream. Believe. Achieve. To underscore the theme, Louisiana’s Lieutenant Governor wants to showcase several Louisiana citizens who dared to dream, believe in themselves, and achieve a major feat.
“I’m excited to release the names of those riders soon. My office oversees Volunteer Louisiana. I am in awe of the many good Samaritans and helpful neighbors we have across our state. By adding just a few of the many heroes of the storm and pandemic to our float, we are honoring all of the teachers, first responders, utility workers, healthcare professionals, and volunteers who give so unselfishly to help others. If I could showcase each and every one of them, I would,” Lt. Governor Nungesser said.
The Rose Parade will be broadcast on New Year’s Day to 37 million viewers across the world. The television event airs on several networks and will also air live in the Caribbean, Latin America, Armenia and on the Armed Forces Network.