16 riders announced for city of Roseville Rose Parade float

By: Susan Belknap
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A bit of royalty came to Roseville Saturday. Margaret Huntley Main of Auburn, the 1940 Tournament of Roses queen, made an appearance at Fountains at Roseville as part of Roseville’s announcement of the float riders who will be on the city’s entry in the upcoming Rose Parade to be held in Pasadena Jan. 1. Main, 87, is be the oldest participant to be atop Roseville’s float entry, Entertaining Dreams for a Century. She is one of 16 float riders who will wave to the crowds that gather New Year’s Day along Colorado Boulevard. “You know there’s different waves a queen gives,” Main said. “There’s the ‘queen’ wave (which is a short movement of the hand), the wide arm wave and the, ‘oh there’s someone I know’ wave.” Main will be riding on the inside of the float, which is a 1909 vintage train engine. She vividly remembers her ride in 1940. “It was a warm and sunny day for most of the parade,” Main said. “But then it got a bit misty and we all put on green capes. The crowd got mad and wanted to see our gowns so we took off the capes.” Main said riding a float for more than three hours is not as easy as it sometimes appears on TV. “It’s work,” she said. “You’re on stage the whole parade. People are constantly taking pictures of you.” Local personality Stan Atkinson was the master of ceremonies of sorts for the float rider announcement, which also included a mini parade of boy scouts, baton twirlers, Roseville royalty (Miss Roseville, Teen Miss Roseville and Young Miss Roseville), and Santa. “We’re here today to celebrate Roseville’s centennial,” Atkinson told the assembled crowd. This is the official send off for the float.” Roseville resident Kyle Bodyfelt was on hand for the festivities with his family. “My wife saw that the announcement was going on here today and we thought it would be fun to come out and see what’s going on.” In addition to Main, float riders will include members of the Roseville City Council including Mayor Gina Garbolino, Vice Mayor Pauline Roccucci and her husband Richard, councilmen John Allard and Jim Gray and councilwoman Carol Garcia. Joining the council will be representatives of float sponsor Union Pacific Railroad, Inc. including Israel Maldonado, of Roseville and Ron Santana and Lupe Valdez of Los Angeles. Registered nurse Catherine Gouiarte and her husband Richard will represent float sponsor Sutter Roseville Medical Center and Nicolas Ortiz and Chelsea, both 15, will be doing the honors for the United Auburn Indian Community, another major float sponsor. Colin Fat, chief operating officer of Fat’s Restaurants and current president of the Roseville Chamber of Commerce and Roseville resident Christopher Gist, 40, who won the bid for his seat at a Roseville Chamber auction will also need to get their waves to the crowd perfected for the big day. More than 750 local residents from Roseville are traveling to Pasadena to celebrate first-hand Roseville’s float in the 120th Rose Parade that will take place and be televised Jan. 1 at 8 a.m.