China float to ap­pear in Rose Pa­rade

Los Angeles Times - - California -

For the first time, the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China will have a float in the Rose Pa­rade next year, and it is ex­pected to be an eye-catcher

The of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment will be at 10 a.m. Mon­day at the Tour­na­ment House in Pasadena.

Com­mem­o­rat­ing the Olympic Games that will be held in Bei­jing next sum­mer, the float will be co-spon­sored by the Pasadena-based Avery Den­ni­son Corp., which has a ma­jor busi­ness pres­ence in China, and the Round­table of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Chi­nese Amer­i­can Or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Busi­ness and civic lead­ers will wel­come a del­e­ga­tion from the Bei­jing Olympic or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee Mon­day, and there will be an artist’s ren­der­ing of the planned float.

Diane Dixon, the Avery Den­ni­son vice pres­i­dent for com­mu­ni­ca­tions and ad­ver­tis­ing, said the idea of hav­ing the float took form a cou­ple of years ago, but mak­ing it hap­pen was slow go­ing.

“The Bei­jing folks re­ally did not un­der­stand what the Tour­na­ment of Roses was,” she said.

Dixon would not es­ti­mate the cost of the float but said it would be com­pa­ra­ble to ma­jor en­tries from past pa­rades.

“It will be a very im­pres­sive float,” she said.

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