Get on board: Lakers to design, build float for 127th Rose Parade

Trail-blazer: Former Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (right) rode the parade route at the 118th Rose Parade in 2007.

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The Los Angeles Lakers plan to enter a float in the 127th Rose Parade.

The team announced the plan Tuesday and released an artist’s rendering of the design of its first Rose Parade float.

The Lakers will be the first NBA team to participate in the annual New Year’s Day parade in Pasadena before the Rose Bowl.

The 55-foot-long, 30-foot-tall float will have three sections, including a large Lakers logo and an oversized basketball hoop encircled with 16 stars to represent the organization’s NBA titles. The Laker Girls will walk with the float, and special guests will ride on the front platform.

“The Rose Parade is a timeless tradition on New Year’s Day and the Lakers are enthusiastic to celebrate the start of 2016 with the rest of the country in this fashion,” Lakers president Jeanie Buss said in a statement.  “Our entry into the Rose Parade is the first of its kind for an NBA team, and we’re looking forward to joining the spirited festivities.”

The float will feature multiple variations of carnations, roses, orchids, daisies, lilies and chrysanthemums, including flowers specifically grown to match the Lakers’ purple and gold team colors.

It is titled "Every Second is an Adventure," which goes along with "Find Your Adventure" theme of this year’s parade.