Two Las Vegas locals featured on Donate Life float in Rose Parade

Joyce Lupiani

Two Las Vegas locals featured on Donate Life float in Rose Parade

CREATED Jan. 2, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The 124th annual Rose Parade took place Tuesday morning in Pasadena, Calif.

More than 700,000 spectators lined the route and millions of others watched the parade on television.

Highlights from this year's parade included a live wedding on Farmers Insurance float and a soldier surprise.

Army Sgt. First Class Eric Pazz was riding on the Natural Balance Pet Foods float when he hopped off and walked over to his very surprised wife and four-year-old son, Eric Jr.

The parade theme this year was "Oh, the place's you will go," named in honor of the Dr. Seuss book.

Two Las Vegas locals also were featured in this year's parade.

The Donate Life float "Journey's of the Heart" honors organ donors.

It displayed a picture of Gabriel Barajas. He was killed in a motorcycle accident in February in Las Vegas.

Barajas served two years in Iraq and was a registered organ donor.

His liver, kidneys and heart were donated after he was killed.

Another local woman was also featured on the donor float.

Alexis "Lexi" Scanlin's floral portrait was created by Palm Mortuaries and Cemeteries and her family.

Lexi died unexpectedly at the age of 25.