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Lincoln-Way band doesn’t let float fire derail Rose Parade performance

The Lincoln Way marching band participated in the Rose Bowl parade. | Photo courtesy of Becky Dalseth

A suburban Chicago high school’s marching band didn’t let a fire derail their participation in California’s annual Rose Parade.

The Lincoln-Way marching band from New Lenox was marching in Tuesday’s parade in Pasadena when the Chinese American Heritage Foundation’s train-themed float caught fire and backed up other flower-covered floats until it was towed away.

The Lincoln Way marching band participated in the Rose Bowl parade. | Photo courtesy of Becky Dalseth

WBBM-TV reports that no one was hurt and the band of about 280 Lincoln-Way students just kept marching and playing.

Band member Madisen Tomaszewski told the station she smelled smoke and realized the float was on fire when the band marched past it.

She said the fire made the band’s trip to California more memorable because now she and her friends can “laugh about the float that caught on fire and how we just kept on marching.”