Service clubs, such as Kiwanis International, Lions International, Odd Fellows and Rebekahs, Rotary International and Shriners Hospitals for Children, gather men and women who want their volunteer work to count for something. These five clubs enter floats in the Rose Parade nearly every year, raising the profile of the organization and giving people an opportunity to learn the specific focus of each club.
The photo gallery at left shows the floats entered in the 2011 Rose Parade
The organizations, their missions, and the floats are
- Kiwanis International focuses on the importance of giving back to children. “Children’s Dreams” depicts a magical land filled with whimsical mushroom houses in a fanciful garden. Volunteers—6,000 Kiwanis members and 1,000 high-school-aged Key Club members—decorated this and several other Rose Parade floats.
- Lions International emphasizes sight conservation, eliminating preventable blindness and providing aid to the visually handicapped. “Backyard Fun” has all the things kids (and dogs) love—water to splash in, bugs and butterflies, and swings hung in a huge tree with the face of a lion on the trunk.
- Odd Fellows and Rebekahs believe that friendship, love and truth are the basic guidelines to follow in daily life. “Underwater Fantasy”, which won the Princesses’ trophy, recognizes that friends exist in all parts of the world, including the oceans.
- Rotary International’s motto is “Service Above Self.” Rotary stresses education, job training, clean water, combating hunger, improving health and sanitation, and eradicating polio. “Building Communities, Bridging Continents” presented a floatload of teddy bears from all over the world.
- Shriners Hospitals for Children has 22 children’s hospitals in Canada, the United States and Mexico. “Changing the World through Caring for Kids” takes the go-karts that Shriners often drive in parades to a new level. A bevy of clowns and the camel mascot, each wearing an iconic Shriners fez, are packed into a yellow taxi.
Video at left shows the Lions International float in the 2011 Rose Parade
For links to the 2011 float articles and other float information, read Rose Parade floats 101: Photos, winners, articles for the 2011 parade
The theme of the 123rd Rose Parade and 98th Rose Bowl Game is “Just Imagine…” The events take place on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 to avoid interfering with worship services on Sunday. The Tournament of Roses is a celebration that lasts several weeks in the fall and winter, with the high points being the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. Keep following your Tournament of Roses Examiner for the latest news and for upcoming announcements.
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