Illinois pays hefty sum to participate in Rose Parade

(The Center Square) – The state of Illinois spared no expense in taking part in this year’s Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. 

According to documents obtained by The Center Square, the cost of constructing the Enjoy Illinois float, the performances and the entry fee cost taxpayers $560,000. 

The 24-foot-tall float took three months to build using about 22,000 volunteer hours and featured 30,000 flowers. The state hired the vocal group Straight No Chaser to ride and sing on the float.

The theme spotlighted the state’s music history along Route 66 and was called “Illinois: The Middle of Beats and Blues,” a nod to the state’s tourism campaign, “Middle of Everything.”

The float did not grab any of the 24 float trophies awarded this year. 

This is the second year that Enjoy Illinois has entered a float in the Rose Parade. 

It remains to be seen the impact the float
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