Those watching the 2010 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California may have noticed a fun little shout out. Our city (and its upcoming Expo) somehow made their way into the hours long spectacle, sandwiched between a Barnum & Bailey’s themed marching of Scripps Miramar Saddlebred horses and the Pickerington Central Marching Tigers marching band (who was in the Macy’s Day Parade as well).
Want to see it? Here’s KTLA’s coverage: It’s in Rose Parade Part 7 at around 5:20 [we’ve also embedded this video after the jump]. Thanks to the inclusion of the Shanghai Expo float, the Rose Parade was actually broadcast in China for the first time in its history.
Here’s what Xinhua had to say about the whole thing:
The Shanghai World Expo float themed “Better City, Better Life” attracted spectators along the 5.5-mile parade route. World-famous movie star Jackie Chan waved and wished the spectators “Happy New Year,” flashing his endearingly funny Jackie-style smile.
With groups of children roller-skating back and forth on the float and other performers donning the costumes of different Chinese nationalities, the Shanghai World Expo float has left a deep impression on American spectators.
Besides the Expo float, there was also the “Dance with the Terra Cotta Warriors” float, co-sponsored by Phoenix Satellite TV (say, aren’t they a Taiwanese company?) and Shaanxi Province. This one won accolades:
With Terra Cotta Warriors at the front of the float, a Chinese-style pagoda in the rear, and a beautiful pavilion in the middle, the float demonstrated the 5,000-year history of Chinese culture.
Along with the float came several dozen of dancers dressed in ancient Tang dynasty costumes. The Terra Cotta Warriors, the pagoda and the exotic beauties dancing to the beat of Chinese music formed a vivid picture of ancient China.
The float won the Directors’ Award of the 2010 Rose Parade for its outstanding artistic merit in designing and floral presentation.