Dodgers set for their first Rose Parade

Dodgers set for their first Rose Parade

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers' Golden Anniversary will begin with a parade. And not just any parade -- the Rose Parade.

The team's celebration of 50 years in Los Angeles will officially commence on Jan. 1, 2008, as Dodgers legends past and present will ride on a float through Pasadena in the 119th Rose Parade.

The float, which will be the first entered by the Dodgers in the Rose Parade, will celebrate the half-century relationship with Los Angeles and its loyal fans, who have helped the Dodgers accumulate the highest attendance for a baseball franchise since 1901.

As a special twist, Dodgers fans will have an opportunity to volunteer to help decorate the float, win a seat on the float and purchase seats in the Dodger Grandstands on the Rose Parade route. The float is being designed and built by Festival Artists Worldwide.

"Baseball -- like the Rose Parade -- is a celebration of the American spirit, and the Dodgers have been a Los Angeles institution since arriving from Brooklyn 50 years ago," said C.L. Keedy, president of the Tournament of Roses. "My grandfather and I listened to the games on the radio, and I could not think of a more perfect place for the Dodgers to kick off their golden anniversary than at the Rose Parade on New Year's Day."

The Dodgers float will be preceded in the parade by the prestigious Los Angeles Unified All-District High School Honor Band. This will be the 35th time the "All-City Band" has performed in the Rose Parade. A select group of musicians from the band will perform the National Anthem prior to Wednesday night's game against the Padres.

Jayson Addcox is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.