Raleigh teen to take apart in history

January 18, 2009 4:42:34 PM PST
Among the millions in Washington, hundreds, if not thousands of North Carolinians will be in the thick of it to witness a history-making moment.Some of them are making their way into the capital in the next couple of days, but others like Geoffrey Louden have been in town for quite some time.

For several weeks now, the George Washington University sophomore from Raleigh, has been working on a float. It will be featured in Tuesday's inaugural parade.

Louden gave Eyewitness News a tour of what will be George Washington University's first inaugural float in 60 years. It's second ever and the only collegiate float chosen this year.

"The entire float is being pulled by a trolley, and as you can see the trolley is red and green, our colors are and blue, so we are wrapping it in and blue fabric," Louden said. "They'll be able to wave out of the windows and hi to everyone."

Louden is the deputy chief of staff in charge of the float and is leading about 50 other students with the project. He says sections of the float represent all nine schools within his university.

"We have the law school; we have the School of Medicine and Public Health," he said. "This is a globe that's inflatable that represents the Elliot School of International Affairs."

There haven't been many breaks since Louden cut his holiday break short to work on the float, but he says, once completed the experience of participating in history will be well worth the labor.

"It's really exciting, because for an entire day, the world sort of stops," he said.

The parade is Tuesday, but the float deadline is Monday. It will also be a centerpiece for a pep rally at the university Monday night.


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