As such, the main float will be shaped like a 25-foot-tall birthday cake. And 60 band members from the historically black colleges and universities’ marching bands — which recently took part in a battle of the bands sponsored by Honda — will represent the candles on the cake. It’ll also be decorated to re-create the look of the automaker’s first storefront in Los Angeles. The float will be called “Celebration of Dreams,” a fitting title for a company whose founder Soichiro Honda famously said, “The day I stop dreaming is the day I die.” (The first thing you see when entering the amazing Honda Collection Hall at Twin Ring Motegi is a large, circular glass sculpture with the word “Dream” and Soichiro Honda’s signature).
The main float will be flanked by five “satellite” floats, each representing facets of the company. These will include a Honda Super Cub motorbike; a floral representation of a 1975 Civic CVCC; a float with crash test dummies and an arch with five stars to represent safety; a Honda Accord, which is built in the U.S.; and a float incorporating elements from the HondaJet to represent the future.
The Rose Parade broadcast begins bright and early at 8 a.m. Pacific on Jan. 1. Check out the rendering at the top of the page to get a sense of what to expect.