(CNN) –Former President Ronald Reagan will be honored in the 2011 Rose Parade with a specially designed float - the first time that the Rose Parade has ever included a presidential-themed float.
The Rose Parade feature is designed to kick off a celebration events to commemorate the centennial of Reagan's birth. He would have been 100 years old on February 6, 2011.
President Reagan's unique honor is 55 feet long and 26 feet high. It features 11 black and white photos of "iconic moments" in Reagan's life, a statue of the president modeled after his statue in the US Capitol Rotunda, a sculpture of a bald eagle, and 65,000 red roses.
The photos are made of poppy seeds and rice and were selected with the help of former first lady Nancy Reagan.
The Rose Parade will be held on New Year's Day. It is presented by the Reagan Presidential Foundation and sponsored by Jelly Belly, a staple of the Reagan White House.
- CNN's Steve Brusk and Rebecca Stewart contributed to this report