Odd Fellows Rebekahs Rose Parade Float

We introduce the public to Odd Fellowship through TV

The theme of the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade was "Inspiring Stories". Our float was titled "Always Remember"
Our 2015 float depicted the Tomb of the Unknowns monument at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
For over 80 years Odd Fellows have conducted a Pilgrimage to the Tomb of the Unknowns during which we lay a wreath.

On January 1, 2015 the Odd Fellows Rebekahs Tournament of Roses Parade float, Always Remember, which paid homage to the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, received the prestigious Tournament Volunteers' Trophy for the best floral design of parade theme under 35' in length. Walking alongside the float throughout its 5.5 mile journey while carrying wreaths were Tim Brown, Grand Master of the jurisdiction of California, Debbie Shuler, President of the Rebekah Assembly of California, Lady Ernestine Olson representing the Ladies Auxiliary Patriarch Militant (LAPM) and Captain Melvin Astrahan representing the Patriarch's Militant (PM). Among those riding the float are Gerald Poarch (showcasing the PM Grand Decoration of Chivalry), Liz Greenwood (Navy), Sarah Delaney (Air Force), William Lofthouse (Army), Clarence Alvarez (USMC), Daniel Martin (Coast Guard), Lloyd Johnson and Jonathan Andrade (wounded veterans organizations) and guarding the rear of the float, reprising their actual duties from 1989 to 1992, are retired Old Guard tomb sentinels Jeffrey Spangler and Stephen Shodeen. Follow this link to watch all the 2015 telecasts as shown on ABC, HGTV & KTLA.

Odd Fellows Rebekahs floats have often been recognized by the parade judges over the past half century for the complex and painstakingly precise detail of our artistic workmanship. The float is decorated during the last weeks of December each year by dozens of members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) who congregate in Southern California for a few days of comradery, fellowship and sunny weather. These volunteers come from all the affiliated orders of the IOOF around the world; the Odd Fellows, Rebekahs, Encampments, Cantons, Junior Odd Fellows and girl's Theta Rho lodges. Members of the IOOF who have performed extraordinary fraternal or civic service are often invited to ride on the float. For instance, one of the riders of the 2011 float was Arlene Boatright, a 90 year old Rebekah who came to the assistance of a young woman who had been stabbed. Come join us and be part of the fun!

Our float is viewed by approximately 700,000 people who line the 5.5 mile parade route and by at least 70 million more via national and international television broadcasts. It is even viewed in China. This is truly a very large viewing audience that sees our work of art, hears our name, and learns of our fraternal mission.

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