Every year, service clubs such as Rotary International and Lions Clubs International enter floats in the Rose Parade to bring awareness to their missions. Generally, these entries are paid for by fundraising efforts separate from the funds to cover their service projects, and decorated by volunteers. Likewise, organizations that support work in the medical field bring attention to their causes.
Floats that won awards in the 2013 Rose Parade can be viewed by following links in “2013 Rose Parade floats: Award-winners, articles, and photos.” Some of the floats that promote worthy causes but did not take home trophies are covered in the list attached to this article.
Of special note is the Lutheran Hour float, which not only has brought a religious note to the parade in its 63 entries, it provides 4,000 volunteers from all over the country to decorate floats for Phoenix Decorating Company. Dubbed Petal Pushers, these folks pay their own way to Pasadena and for their accommodations. Some camp out on the floors of local Lutheran churches. They range in age from 13 to 96, and are experts at snipping, gluing, climbing and putting flowers into vials to get the floats ready to roll.
The six floats featured in this list each represent hours of dedication and hard work to make the world a better, safer and friendlier place.
The theme of the 124th Rose Parade and 99th Rose Bowl Game was “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” The 125th Rose Parade and 100th Rose Bowl Game will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. The Tournament of Roses is a celebration that lasts several weeks in the fall and winter.
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