The 124th Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" took place on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 in Pasadena, California.
Among the 42 floats was only one Christmas float.
The Lutheran Hour Ministries had a float keeping with its 63-year-old tradition. This year's theme was "Jesus...the Way to Heaven!"
The float's design reminded us that heaven is the ultimate place to go for all who call on the name of Jesus Christ to be saved. The elements of the float depict the following:
- God's promises in His Word the path we travel to heaven (Matthew 7:14).
- God's Word guides us on our journey (Psalm 119:105).
- Jesus welcomes us with open arms at the gates of heaven showing us He is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6).
This year's Lutheran Hour Ministries float was a reminder that everyone can spend an eternity in heaven through faith in Christ Jesus.
The Lutheran Hour Ministries float's mission was to provide a Gospel witness to viewers everywhere, from those who watched along the 5.5-mile parade route on Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard to approximately 40 million American and by millions others who watched on television in 150 countries.
The 2013 Lutheran Hour Ministries float was decorated by a team of over 5,000 volunteers who traveled to Pasadena from all over the United States and Canada. Those volunteers are known as Petal Pushers. The Petal Pushers are made up of families, church groups, Girl Scout troops and many other types of groups, as well as individuals of all ages.
The Lutheran Hour Ministries float included approximately 7,000 roses (yellow, pink, hot pink, light pink, white, bright yellow, light lavender), approximately 3,000 gerberas (pink, light pink, hot pink, medium orange), and approximately 400 white carnations.
For more information about the Lutheran Hour Ministries float and the Petal Pushers, visit www.petalpushers.org.