The Natural History Museum makes history with first Rose Parade float entry

The Natural History Museum leaped into the New Year winning The Crown City Innovation Trophy for the “best use of imagination and innovation.”  The award came in response to the debut of its first entry in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade. The museum’s float, titled “Dinosaurs in Los Angeles’s Backyard” paid homage to Thomas the T.Rex — the long necked Mamenchisaurus — as well as the Triceratops now exhibited in the museum’s new dinosaur hall.

More than 650 volunteers decorated the dinosaur float with hot pink, yellow, and red carnations and sprinkled it with orange bromeliads, green Mexican papaya and green Egyptian papaya, the float celebrated both the Museum’s newest exhibit and original design when the museum opened- nearly 100 years ago.

Thousands of cheering spectators lined the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade route along Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California to smell fragrances from dozens of floats, marvel at bands march in harmony, and see equestrians in perfect sequence.

Following the parade, the floats are parked along Sierra Madre Boulevard and Washington Boulevard in Pasadena for public display before the floats are dismantled by their respective float builders.