Roseville Kicks Off Centennial Year With Rose Parade Float

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, December 31, 2008

It’ll be the City of Roseville’s centennial float. One of the people riding it will be city councilmember and former mayor Jim Gray.  

“I’ve been practicing my waving for the last few months. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.” 

Gray says taking part in the nationally televised parade is a great way to kick off the city’s year-long celebration of its 100-year-anniversary. 

“I think it’s going to bring a great deal of national attention not only because it’s our centennial year but we are Roseville which is certainly consistent with the theme of the whole Tournament of Roses. It’s going to be awesome.” 

The $200,000 float is a floral replica of a 1909 train engine pulling two passenger cars. It was paid for with money from Union Pacific, the United Auburn Indian Community, Sutter Roseville and Kaiser Permanente.