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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Egypt's Rose Parade Float Is A Stunning First Entry

Egyptian themed Rose Parade float 2008, Duarte, California

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This ancient Egyptian-themed float for the 2008 Rose Parade is from the Cairo-Los Angeles Friendship Committee. Built by Festa Floats in Duarte, California.

Only a few hours from now it will be going down Colorado Bvd. in the Rose Parade.

UPDATE: CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Egypt's float won - Past Presidents Trophy for most creative use of floral and non-floral: Cairo-Los Angeles Friendship Committee's "Celebrating the Treasures of Egypt"

YOUTUBE:: Egypt Participates in 2008 Tournament of Roses Parade: Coverage of the historic participation of Egypt in the 119th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California on New Years Day 2008. Includes interviews with Los Angeles area Egyptian-Americans and their reaction to Egypt's first-time ever participation in a truly Americana event.


Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, December 2007, page 65

Arab-American Activism

Egypt to Have Float in 2008 Rose Parade

A sketch of Egypt’s float entry for the 2008 Rose Parade (Courtesy Paul Rodriguez).

THE CAIRO-LOS Angeles Friendship Committee will sponsor Egypt’s first float entry in the world-renowned Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA on New Year’s Day 2008.

Prize-winning designer Paul Rodriguez has created the concept for the 55-foot float. It will soar 27 feet high and feature an enthroned pharaoh and his consort looking onto an arrangement of sacred lotuses, and Horus, the falcon deity. The only object not covered with flowers will be Egypt’s premier archaeologist, Dr. Zahi Hawass, who will be waving to the bystanders.

Estimated budget for the float is $430,000. The non-profit Cairo-Los Angeles Friendship Committee is seeking donations. For more information, please phone CLAFC president Dr. Wasfy Shindy (714) 504-5504 or e-mail <>.

Pat McDonnell Twair


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