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Tournament of Roses float to celebrate SeaWorld San Diego's 50th anniversary

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment will have a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena for the first time in more than two decades to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the theme park in San Diego, the company announced Tuesday.

The float for the 125th Rose Parade will be called "Sea of Surprises," and include depictions of killer whales, dolphins, penguins and sea turtles, which are among the park's most popular attractions.

The float will also show a wide-eyed boy diving beneath a 55-foot floral foaming wave. The parade theme is "Dreams Come True."

Tim Estes, the president of Fiesta Parade Floats -- which is building the display -- said the "wave" will be made of 20,000 cascading irises and roses, which crash onto a "reef" of 15,000 orange roses. The reef will be teeming with starfish, sea horses, turtles, manta rays, crabs and various fish.

SeaWorld has not been represented at the New Year's Day parade since 1991.

The company, which also operates SeaWorld parks in Orlando and San Antonio, plans to begin a golden anniversary celebration March 21 with the unveiling of an entrance plaza at the San Diego location.

SeaWorld San Diego opened on Mission Bay in 1964.

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