Feb. 15, 2002

Here's your chance to join the parade in honor of Lab's 50th

All the world loves a parade, or at least that’s how we feel in the Tri-Valley. In the next several months, there will be parades aplenty in communities such as Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and Danville — and the Lab with be there.

But we need your help.

In honor of its 50th anniversary, the Laboratory will put together a special float highlighting science education and marking five decades of cutting edge technology — not to mention enough pocket protectors and Birkenstocks to comfortably girdle the globe.

The float will be unveiled Saturday, March 16, in Dublin, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Other parades include the Livermore Rodeo on June 8; the Alameda County Fair kickoff in Pleasanton, on June 22; and the Fourth of July procession in Danville.

Volunteers are needed to help build this special float. You supply the elbow grease, we’ll supply the tools and instruction. No previous construction experience is required — just an ability to hammer, apply crepe paper and streamers and have fun!

Float construction will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, in the Visitors Center parking lot. In case of rain, the construction will be moved to March 9.

And that’s just the beginning. Approximately 10 employees will be needed for each parade to ride the float. PAO is taking requests for these positions on a first come, first serve basis. So if you’ve ever had a hankering to practice your best Rose Parade Queen wave, call Scott Wilson at 3-3125 and put your name on the list for the parade of your choice.

In addition to the float, PAO will be forming the "Nerdy Scientist Drill Team" — a collection of stereotypical scientists in lab coats doing their best drill team moves to music. These volunteers will walk behind the float and perform at various stops along the parade. Think lawnmower brigades and drilling barbecue grill teams of community parades past and you get the idea. Costumes will be provided. Volunteers for the drill team corps should also contact Scott Wilson to obtain the practice schedule.

"This is a great opportunity for all Lab employees to help kick off the 50th anniversary celebration," said Susan Houghton, deputy director of Public Affairs. "I know of some wild and crazy employees who are perfect candidates for our nerdy scientist drill team and I think the community will get a kick out of seeing our float and of course, our wonderful drill team talents."