Riverside float impresses in 2018 Rose Parade
By Staff report
Riverside stepped into the national spotlight Monday, Jan. 1, with its first Rose Parade float in decades.
And it stepped in style, winning the “Golden State” award for most outstanding depiction of life in California.
Other Inland groups and residents weren’t far behind.
A massive replica of the city’s crown jewel — the Mission Inn — glided through the Pasadena parade route to mark the 25th anniversary of the Festival of Lights holiday celebration.
Also seen by spectators and the huge TV audience were 37 people from “Ramona,” Hemet’s iconic outdoor play — including its star-crossed lovers, Ramona and Alessandro. Hemet’s So Cal Mini Horse Sanctuary Inc. was there, too, as were the Norco Cowgirls and Little Miss Norco Cowgirls Rodeo drill teams.
Making music at the parade for a second time were the Bands Of Santiago Sharks, from Corona’s Santiago High School. And, on a more somber note, the Donate Life float saluted late Riverside teenager Giovanni Valle, whose organs were donated after his tragic death.