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Grand Canyon National Park kicks off 2016 at 127th Rose Parade

Grand Canon NPS equestrian unit waves to crowds lining the parade route. Photo/NPS Instagram

Grand Canon NPS equestrian unit waves to crowds lining the parade route. Photo/NPS Instagram

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - The 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California helped the National Park Service kick off its centennial year, Jan. 1, with the 'Find Your Adventure' themed parade.

Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP) Superintendent Dave Uberuaga and the park's equestrian unit participated in the parade.

The theme for the 2016 Rose Parade was "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 sent 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 rode in a stagecoach with Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk during the parade.

Following the "Find Your Adventure" stagecoach, parade viewers saw 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.

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