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Roseville parade float passes first road test

By: Staff Report
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Roseville’s Rose Parade float is officially road-worthy. Deputy City Manager Julia Burrows just returned from visiting the Phoenix Decorating Co.’s headquarters in Pasadena last weekend, where she got a first-hand look at the status of the city’s float to be entered in the 2009 Tournament of Roses. Sharing details with The Press-Tribune earlier this week, Burrows noted the 55-foot-long float’s entire metal framework has already been constructed. The weekend’s big hurdle was to run it through a complete mechanical test and complete a fire drill. “The float passed the road test with flying colors,” Burrows said. The float’s entry is a major part of the city’s centennial celebration in honor of Roseville’s hundredth birthday. It features a replica of a 1909 train engine pulling two passenger cars. An oak tree juts from the back of the float, which also includes a petroglyph and wildlife. “It’s massive, it’s huge, and we had some very nice compliments from others,” Burrows said. Efforts continue to raise donations to help pay for the float’s $200,000 price tag. Officials are also looking for volunteers to help work on the float in Pasadena. For more information, go to www.roseville.ca.us.