Forty-five floats, six rose princesses, a queen named Ana, and an icon named Scully.
It’s time for the 125th Rose Parade, Wednesday, January 1st at 8 a.m.
Cal Poly, La Cañada, Sierra Madre, and South Pasadena will have local, self-built floats reflecting this year’s “Dreams Come True” theme. The local cities of Alhambra and Glendale will enter floats created by the Phoenix Decorating Company.
WASPs will also have their place in the parade, but not the White Anglo Saxon Protestant kind. These WASPs are in reference to the “1,102 heroic female pilots that served our nation in its time of great need during World War II.” The Wingtip to Wingtip Association’s float, a salute to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (Ktla.com), is called, “Our Eyes Are on the Stars.”
Odd Fellows and Rebekahs will also have a float illustrating their belief and practice of friendship, love, and truth, which is also called “The Three Link Fraternity.” For those who might not know, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows is a service organization, initially committed to visiting the sick, relieving distress (spiritually and physically), burying the dead, and educating orphans. In 17th century England, it was odd to find people organized for the purpose of giving aid to those in need and of pursuing projects for the benefit of all mankind. Those who belonged to such an organization were called “Odd Fellows” (CAIoOF). In 1851, the North American Odd Fellows formed the Daughters of Rebekah, named for that woman of early Hebrew history whose kindness and hospitality to a humble and unknown stranger best portrayed the nobility and character of women (Wikipedia). Today, 10,000 lodges still operate in 26 countries, including here in California. For more information and history, visit California Independent Order of Odd Fellows here.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation will once again have a float in the Rose Parade. Their float titled, “Love Is the Best Protection,” will feature the wedding of Danny Leclair and his long-time partner Aubrey Loots. Karen Grube of San Diego is protesting, writing on Facebook.com/BoycottTheRoseParade that “The Rose Parade shouldn’t be used by gay activists to promote a gay agenda…I guess they think they can pervert this year’s theme ‘Dreams Come True,’ to allow this disgusting exhibition.”
AHF President Michael Weinstein said (as reported in the Star-News), “Our motivation is to validate the love that exists between same-sex couples and what we believe is the importance of validating these relationships in terms of protecting, particularly gay men from HIV and other STDs.…the more we promote stable, long-term relationships, the better it will be.”
The Rose Parade begins at the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard, then travels up Orange Grove until Colorado Boulevard. Participants will go east on Colorado until turning left (north) on Sierra Madre Boulevard, finally ending at Villa Street.
Download a 2014 Events Guide and find all particulars at TournamentofRoses.com.
Following the parade, come and see the floats up close and personal, 1-5 p.m., along East Sierra Madre and Washington Boulevards. Find map here.
Ever considered what 10,000 roses looks like? Here they are, just delivered to the South Pasadena Rose float:
The 2014 Rose Parade Grand Marshall, the one and only Vin Scully: