The City’s 2009 Rose Parade float will be “Making a Splash” in the 120th Tournament of Roses Parade – as the results of the City’s float-naming contest were unveiled during the City Council’s meeting on Monday.
Hundreds of residents cast their votes for “Making a Splash,” which was one of four names suggested by the City’s float ad hoc committee.
“The community is very excited about having a float in the Rose Parade, and the enthusiasm has grown since we unveiled the design on September 4,” said Mayor Trish Kelley. “We asked our residents to name their float, and the response was overwhelming! I am hearing from individuals and groups every day who express anticipation for the parade, pride that Mission Viejo will have an entry, and a desire to participate in the decorating opportunities!”
The design of the float illustrates life in Mission Viejo and reflects the official 2009 “Hats Off To Entertainment” parade theme by highlighting community and recreational activities as entertainment in Mission Viejo. The float’s key feature is a 12-foot-deep, 20-foot-long body of water, which represents Mission Viejo’s iconic landmark, Lake Mission Viejo. The float will include members of the Mission Viejo Nadadores, who will dive into water on the float as it travels down the five-and-a-half mile Rose Parade route. The sides of the float showcase the community-built elements of the Oso Creek Trail and embrace Mission Viejo’s rich family heritage, hometown spirit and sports and activities enjoyed by folks of all ages in town.
The public can view the stunning float displays at the Civic Center, Community Center and the Heritage room at the Library to learn more about this community tradition.
Residents are encouraged to visit the City’s blog at http://missionviejolife.org and signup for its E-news at www.cityofmissionviejo.org to stay apprised of upcoming float-decorating opportunities and related exciting activities leading up to the 120th Tournament of Roses Parade.