For the first time in the 133 year history of the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Ca., Louisiana will be prominently featured with a stunning float of its own, according to Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. And American Idol 2019 winner, Laine Hardy will sing from atop the float.
The float will depict the spirit of the Bayou State, showcasing moss-draped cypress trees, a Cajun fisherman in a pirogue, sculptured magnolias, pelicans, crawfish, crabs, and powdered sugar covered beignets. An iconic wrought-iron balcony and French Quarter-style lampposts will also be highlighted on the Louisiana Tourism float.
American Idol winner and Louisiana music ambassador Laine Hardy and the Hot 8 Brass Band will perform mid-parade on a stage in front of the Louisiana tourism logo “Feed Your Soul.”
The parade theme for 2022 is Dream. Believe. Achieve. To underscore the theme, Louisiana’s Lieutenant Governor wants to showcase several Louisiana citizens who dared to dream, believe in themselves, and achieve a major feat.
Earlier this year, Louisiana Travel appointed Laine as a brand ambassador for state tourism. ““If y’all know me at all,” Laine wrote on Twitter at the time, “You know how much I love my home state. I’m so honored to #partner with @LouisianaTravel as an Ambassador to help spread the word about all this great state has to offer as part of the ‘Louisiana Is A Trip’ campaign!”
The Rose Parade® will be broadcast on New Year’s Day to 37 million viewers across the world. The television event airs on several networks and will also air live in the Caribbean, Latin America, Armenia and on the Armed Forces Network.