Reagan float wins award
January 3rd, 2011
10:28 AM ET
12 years ago

Reagan float wins award

(CNN) - Former President Ronald Reagan's history-making float at the Rose Bowl Parade Saturday has been awarded a trophy for best depiction of life in the United States, past, present or future, the Tournament of Roses announced.

The float was 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.

The unique float was 55 feet long and 26 feet high. It featured 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 were made of poppy seeds and rice and were selected with the help of former first lady Nancy Reagan.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. LGNY

    Hate to sound like a grinch, but almost every float wins some award or other. They have a very large number of categories and spread the awards as broadly as possible. CNN is inflating the significance of the award.

    That said, it's still a well done float.

    January 3, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. chad

    Awesome. It looks like one of the May Day floats from the Soviet Union. Reagan was one of the worst presidents in modern history. He set us on a track of fiscal ruin, economic inequality, and cultural regression. He should not be praised.

    January 3, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    And in honor of Ron's attack on the middle class, not one flower was picked by a union member.

    January 3, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Denise

    The float was tasteful and nice. The man, not so much. He should be awarded an Emmy posthumously for his 8 years of acting efforts in the White House. He and his party made solid advances in keeping the class disparities thriving all these years. That really isn't something to be proud of.

    January 3, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. TangledThorns

    Reagan wins even to this day!

    January 3, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. jules sand-perkins

    What a wonderful tribute to one of our greatest presidents–and what a fitting way to begin this promising new year!

    January 3, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. The Dude in Colorado

    There are simply no words for level of disgust I feel. True, Reagan was a popular president, but he was also one of the chief architects of the financial straits we're in now! What fueled the go-go 80s? NOT Reaganomic's trickle-down nonsense but RR's deregulation of the credit card industry, in 1979 a college student waiting tables would not have had a credit card or two or three to spend imaginary money, in 1989 you bet he would and did! It started the ecenomy we have now based on credit and pretend funds we don't have. Shameful! Still, it's not Reagan's legacy that disgusts me about this, but the politicizing of a hitherto pure American New Years tradition: The Rose Bowl. Disgusting, only the repubs would dream to do such a thing... When was the last time you saw a float celebrating JFK or Clinton (the only pres in the last how many decades or even centuries to have a balanced, zero-deficit budget?)

    January 3, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. Just Sayin'

    Gag me with a spoon! Can't wait to see who the Rose Bowl honors next year. Maybe all of Wall Street?

    January 3, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Monster Zero

    When Regan was alive and President, I was a young man partying like hell and traveling the world surfing new places, I had no idea of what a true patriot this man was, he definitely knew what the fight for true liberty is about. Funny how age completely changes one's perspectives on the role of government and what liberty and individualism are about. You ever notice how in an unattended garden some plants seem to grow much better and produce much more than the others, yet when the garden is tended those plants are often culled to allow the others to grow to mediocrity?

    January 3, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. Marcus

    He did a lot of good things, some were way overevaluated but most not. And he did a lot of bad things, most are conviniently forgotten by his supporters. That said it's a beautiful example of the Rose Bowl Parade traditions, and nothing else.

    January 3, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Clyde

    The float was tacky, tacky, tacky just like Reagan. The world is a better place now that Reagan is gone so can we now just forget him? These continued memorials to an evil, selfish, greedy man are vomit inducing.

    January 3, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. JM

    Great tribute to a great man.

    January 3, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |