Grand Canyon National Park to participate in 127th California Rose Parade

Dave Uberuaga, Grand Canyon mules and equestrian unit to participate in parade festivities

Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga will ride in the 127 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. WGCN file photo

Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga will ride in the 127 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. WGCN file photo

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - To kick off the new year and to celebrate the National Park Service's (NPS) Centennial, Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP) is heading to California to participate in the 127th Rose Parade Jan. 1, 2016.

The theme for the 2016 Rose Parade is "Find Your Adventure" - a nod to "Find Your Park," a public campaign to raise awareness and excitement for the NPS centennial.

For the parade, Grand Canyon will send five rangers, three horses and seven mules to join the NPS equestrian unit, comprised of NPS employees, volunteers and junior rangers from 10 parks and programs.

GCNP Superintendent Dave Uberuaga will also participate in the parade, riding in a stagecoach with Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk.

Following the "Find Your Adventure" stagecoach, parade viewers will see the NPS color guard, field and patrol horses and string of pack mules. The NPS equestrian unit represents the past, present and future of the horse and mule tradition in national parks.

GCNP invites the public to "Find Your Adventure" during the Rose Parade with Grand Canyon's equestrian unit and help NPS celebrate the next century of stewardship, exploration and inspiration in our national parks.

Follow the Grand Canyon Rose Parade team on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GrandCanyonNationalPark, Twitter https://twitter.com/GrandCanyonNPS, and Instagram www.instagram.com/grandcanyonnps.

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