Actor and Pasadena restaurant owner Danny Trejo is set to ride on a float in Monday’s Rose Parade Presented by Honda.
Joining Trejo on the Lucy Pet Foundation float, called Paws for Life, will be his two dogs, both rescue animals. The float intends to focus on animals that have saved human lives. Other riders include four soldiers in uniform who have overcome the effects of post-traumatic stress syndrome with the help of their pets.
“This is the biggest honor I have ever had,” Trejo told the LA Weekly. “It’s such a unique experience. I have the girls from my music label practicing Christmas carols in the backyard for this. We are all so excited.”
A native of Echo Park who now makes his home in Mission Hills, the 73-year-old Trejo was in and out of jail during his youth, and in the 1980s became a youth drug counselor. He was also a pretty good boxer, and after being noticed on a movie set and doing consulting work on that shoot, his acting career took off. He currently appears in five or more movies per year, in various genres.
According to Forbes Magazine, Trejo has made more than 70 films, which have taken in $2.7 billion worldwide.
Along with being an actor, Trejo is also a successful restaurateur.
Besides opening his second Trejo’s Cantina, located in the space once occupied by redwhite+bluezz, next to the Pasadena Playhouse on South El Molino Avenue, Trejo and his partners also own other restaurants in Los Angeles.
He and his pets will also be joined on the float by: Sirius, a military canine who served in Afghanistan; Tara, a cat that became a nationwide sensation after a video surfaced of the feline saving a boy from a vicious dog attack; Jax, a Belgian Malinois that sniffed out five pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop while working with an Oxnard police officer; and Rocket, a border collie who works with firefighters all over the country to sniff for victims who are trapped during natural disasters.
“It’s hard to be in a bad mood when you got a little puppy jumping all over you and wanting to lick you and wanting to tell you ‘I love you I love you I love you!’” Trejo told the animal advocate site Dogster.com.