Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP) marked the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS) by participating in the 127th Rose Parade, in California, on January 1, 2016. The GCNP’s participation fit in well with the Rose Parade’s 2016 theme of “Find Your Adventure,” which mirrored the NPS’s “Find Your Park” public awareness campaign for the new year.
Five rangers, three horses, and seven mules from the GCNP took part in the parade, along with employees, volunteers, and junior rangers from other NPS parks and programs. Dave Uberuaga, the superintendent of the GCNP, rode in a stagecoach with Dan Wenk, the superintendent of Yellowstone National Park. Seen following the stagecoach in the parade were the NPS color guard, field and patrol horses, and a string of pack mules—all making up the NPS equestrian unit.
For pictures and information about this event—and to learn more about other events commemorating the NPS centenary—the public is encouraged to visit the following online sites: