January 10, 2009

Alaskan float in Rose Parade

Here's a report I just came across today. It's obviously a couple weeks old.

Alaska Native culture prominently featured on Rose Parade floatAlaska Native culture will be prominently highlighted in the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau’s tribute to Alaska’s 50th Anniversary of Statehood floral float in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day 2009.

The colorful organic float, entitled “Celebrating Alaska--Spirit of the Wild,” will prominently feature five Alaska masks, each representing one of Alaska’s major Native cultural groups, as well as two traditional kayaks. Miss WEIO (World Eskimo-Indian Olympics), Kimberly Dullen of Fairbanks, Alaska, and WEIO Record Holder Manuel Tumuluk will ride in the kayaks.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Oneida Float in Macy's Parade and Stereotypes in the Rose Parade.

Below:  "Laurie Stevenson, a veteran float decorator, begins adding organic material to the team of floral huskies that will sit front and center on the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau’s float in Pasadena, Calif."

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