The Lucy Pet’s Gnarly Crankin’ K9 Wave Maker 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade float, built by Fiesta Floats, has been officially certified as the longest and heaviest single chassis float ever in parade history. Measured and weighed by the California Highway Patrol the float is 126 feet long and weighs in at 148,250 lbs.
“This is a really big float,” says Kim Partrick, Guinness World Record adjudicator. “It weighs over 74 tons easily breaking the past record and will probably hold it for sometime to come.”
The float’s theme depicts a beach side paradise complete with eight surfing dogs. During the parade an onboard wave machine will generate waves on which the dogs will surf the length of a 90-foot long tank containing over 8,000 gallons of water.
This giant float will be powered by a Built Ford Tough 6.8 liter V10 gasoline engine. The driver will sit deep in the bowels of the float and rely on a navigator sitting atop the float to relay directions to him as he steers down the parade route.
The eight dogs who will be surfing on the float were chosen during a nationwide search. “These are real water dogs who can’t wait to get on the surfboard,” says Joey Herrick, founder and owner of Lucy Pet Products. “I don’t know who will be having more fun the surfing dogs or the millions of people who will be watching all around the world!”
Riding atop the Lucy Pet’s Gnarly Crankin’ K9 Wave Maker float will 13-year-old pop star and internet sensation JoJo Siwa. An avid pet lover with three dogs, this is Siwa’s first time riding a float in the Annual Tournament of Roses Parade.
Also riding on the float will be Carolyn Hennesy, Emmy-nominated soap opera star from ABC’s General Hospital and New York Times best-selling author.