Forest Service Submits Entry to 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade

A historic example of an equestrian entry to the Rose ParadeMay 2013: On May 16, the Forest Service submitted an application for an equestrian entry in the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day 2014. "Can dreams really come true?" is the theme of this year's parade, a 125-year-old extravaganza that draws a live audience along the parade route of one million people, 39 million Americans watching on television, and hundreds of millions more watching in 220 countries around the world. If selected, the Forest Service entry, Wilderness....America's Dream Come True, will personify this year's theme by showcasing our collective history of wilderness culture and stewardship. The entry will include three mule strings with various packing loads suitable for wilderness travel, a wagon, and banners bearing the agency logo. To tie the entry to early mountain culture, packers will be in costume, including one packer dressed as a 1890 San Gabriel Timberland Reserve Ranger (manila ropes on packs, dress, hat and boots from era). In addition to participating in the parade, the entry will also participate in the Equifest show on Friday, also televised nationally and internationally, as part of only 15 Equestrian entries. Selected entries will likely be announced later this summer.