Star Trek continues its return to popular culture consciousness this year with everything from magazine covers to movie trailers in anticipation of the new feature film. Yet another example is seen at the 72nd Annual Sun Bowl Parade in El Paso, Texas this Thanksgiving Day.
Enterprise gets floated
An approximately 12 foot USS Enterprise float is being unveiled during the three mile parade to commemorate Gene Roddenberry. The creator of Star Trek was born in El Paso, Texas in on August 19, 1921. As the theme of this year’s parade is "El Paso Pride" it is appropriate to honor the man who gave the world Star Trek. The float is being created by the Downtown Lions Club of El Paso. [El Paso Times]
UPDATE: Float in Parade
UPDATE 2: Float Wins + video
The Star Trek float won the parade’s "Sweepstakes Award" which is kind of like a best in show. Plus goto The El Paso Times for video of the parade, the Trek float comes in around the six minute mark.
The Sun Bowl Parade is the largest parade of its kind in West Texas/New Mexico, with between approximately 350,000 people attending. It started in 1936 as a prelude to the New Year’s Day Sun Bowl football game. However, in 1978 it was moved to Thanksgiving Day. The parade is on TV beginning at 10 a.m. on Channel 9-KTSM (cable Channel 10)
This isn’t the first time El Paso has honored Roddenberry. In October of 2002, the Gene Roddenberry Planetarium was named in his honor.
Star Trek now joins franchises like Star Wars (which had a float in the 2007 Rose Bowl Parade) and Superman (which has had a presence for many years at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, beginning in 1939) with floats in major parades.
Bonus Video: A Very Shatner Thanksgiving
William Shatner has a new Thanksgiving video available at his Shatner Project. The man himself, along with his wife and daughter, discusses his Turkey cooking history and what he is thankful for.
Trekmovie would like to join thank Gene Roddenberry (and William Shanter) today, also, for giving fans the entertainment and the fun of Star Trek. Thanks, Gene and Bill.