City to Enter Rose Parade Float After 40-Year Absence

The city will enter its first float in the Rose Parade in 40 years next January after the City Council accepted an invitation and agreed to pay the $2,500 entry fee.

"This is part of the city's 75th anniversary celebration," said Councilman Michael Touhey. "It's a great opportunity to promote the city." The float is expected to cost $120,000, officials said.

The invitation from the Tournament of Roses was offered to West Covina after Arcadia, a regular parade participant, pulled out last week, Touhey said.

Float construction will be coordinated by the committee that oversaw the celebration of the city's 75th anniversary early this month.

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