Reagan to be featured at Rose Parade
December 30th, 2010
08:15 AM ET
12 years ago

Reagan to be featured at Rose Parade

(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

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Dennis

    When will they put Reagan on Mt. Rushmore?

    December 29, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    And his apotheosis occurs in 10, 9, 8...
    Why is it that the current crop of alleged Conservatives like to hold up Ronald Reagan as their ideal, but are opposed to just about everything he stood for as an individual? Today's Republican party would deny support to Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater, and would consider Nixon, Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft to be Democrats, based on their beliefs, actions and policies!
    Also, please remember, the original Republicans were opposed to States' Rights, and favored a strong Central Government.

    December 29, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. lynn

    The only thing Reagan was good at was fooling the public. Not only was he a "B" rated actor he was a lousy president. Trickle down economics is a foolish method of creating jobs, by giving breaks to the ultra-rich thinking they would create jobs is a myth. Too bad Reagan didn't see what's happened today. The rich made jobs for sure, but off-shore. But his admirer's are still convinced he was a boy-wonder.

    December 29, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It doesn't change what I was going to do - not watch it. Did they give a reason as to why Reagan would be honored this way on the Rose Parade?

    December 29, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. Mr. Moderate

    One of the great ironies of Pres Reagan is how the tea party diefies him and yet he would never be accepted them or most of the Republican party as it exists today. He worked in a bi-partisan manner, he raised taxes, he was a social moderate, he granted amnesty to illegal immigrants, he ran up record deficits and he was a union president.

    December 29, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. Ronaldo St. Raygun

    Who better to honor, than the man who inspired all current republicans. He campaigned against Carter for being fiscally irresponsible with a whopping 30 billion dollar deficit, then wasted no time running the deficit up to 500 billion, but said "Hey, it's OK, the economy is good"(except for the 2 recessions under his watch). He also brought us the very successful war on drugs, and declared the war would be over, and America would be drug-free by 1995. Of course, drug use is higher now, but it's fun to speculate how much higher it WOULD'VE been if we hadn't blown trillions on a drug war and imprisoned more of our population than any other country in the world.

    Stuff like this has become the way the republican party does business now...

    December 29, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |