Float of Hope

Dec 16, 2013

IMG_8528City of Hope will exhibit its 40th float in this year’s Rose Parade on Wednesday, the 1st of January. If you’ve never had a chance to get up close and personal, consider signing up for a shift to help decorate their float, which is called “Turning Hopes and Dreams into Reality.”

Inspired by the wishing trees that line the entrance to City of Hope’s campus, City of Hope’s parade entry will feature trees crafted entirely of flowers and natural materials. Supporting the float trees is easy – with a donation you can add a wish to help make dreams come true for our float riders, many of whom have dreamed of riding a Rose Parade float. The Wish Trees are one of the first things a new patient sees on campus. Each tag represents a life here at City of Hope. And thanks to your generous support we’re able to help more patients beat the odds. (
Cancer Hope Tree

If you would like your good wishes and financial support to actually ride the parade route on City of Hope’s float, you may donate a minimum of $50 here.

Shifts to decorate City of Hope’s float are 5, 7, and 8 hours long—and there’s no slacking or cutting out early!  See how these wondrous apparatuses are built…one flower at a time.


City of Hope: Decorating Rose Parade Float
Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco St. at Rosemont Ave., Pasadena 91103

Dry Decorating Shifts:
Saturday, Dec. 21st, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 21st, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Floral Decorating Shifts:
Thursday, Dec. 26th, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. & 4 p.m.-9 p.m.
Friday-Monday, Dec. 27th-30th, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. & 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
Volunteers must be at least 13 years old; volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

For more details and to sign up for volunteer shifts, please visit

Details about the Rose Parade itself, may be found at Tournament of Roses.

Hope Trees




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