The upcoming 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade will have its first-ever hydrogen fuel cell pace car, when a new zero-emissions Honda FCX Clarity rolls down Colorado Boulevard to lead the 120th iteration of this New Year's Day classic which will march on under a "Hats off to Entertainment" theme. To help promote that premise as well as its own 50th anniversary of operation in America, Honda is also preparing a unique float called "Hats off in Celebration" that will feature a 49-foot tall replica of its well-travelled ASIMO (Advanced Step In Automated Mobility) robot. Towering some 12 times the height of the real singing/dancing/high-stepping humanoid ASIMO, this slightly more organic incarnation will be trimmed out in lettuce seed, rice, carnations and strawflower for his big debut appearance.
Serenading the supersized ASIMO will be the Prairie View A&M University Marching Band, a past participant in the Honda Battle of the Bands which features the music programs of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. As a final touch, the FCX Clarity pace car will be accompanied by a Honda Super Cub motorcycle, the first Honda model sold in the United States -- and a 49 cc bike that has subsequently racked up a total volume in excess of 50 million units worldwide.