Odd Fellows Rebekahs Rose Parade Float

We introduce the public to Odd Fellowship through TV

The theme of the upcoming 2019 Rose Parade is Melody of Life. Our float will be titled 200 Years of Harmony in celebration of the bicentennial of Odd Fellowship in North America.

The theme of the 2018 Rose Parade was Making a Difference. On January 1st, 2018 the Odd Fellows Rebekahs Tournament of Roses Parade float completed its 5.5 mile journey along Colorado Blvd in Pasadena California. Our float was positioned amongst the leaders of the parade, immediately following the Marine Corps combined marching band and the naming sponsor (Honda). We received the Director's Trophy. Our 2018 float was titled Sacrifice to Serve and honored all recipients of the Purple Heart medal. The riders on our 2018 float included seven purple heart recipients and several dignitaries of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. On December 13th, 2017 KTLA-TV interviewed two of our purple heart recipients at the float.

The 2018 float continued our efforts to recognize the sacrifice and service of our military that began with our 2015 float, titled Always Remember, which depicted the Tomb of the Unknowns monument at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.



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.

Note: Our video clips are provided in .mp4 video format for playback using an HTML5 capable web browser such as Safari which is provided with recent versions of Apple's OSX. Some versions of the Microsoft Windows OS and its Internet Explorer web browser support HTML5 and play .mp4 files, some versions do not. Should you get an error message, try using a different web browser such as Apple's Safari or Google's Chrome which in our testing works nicely with Windows 8.1. We also provide links below for you to download the .mp4 files to your computer and/or mobile device. To play downloaded .mp4 videos with some versions of Microsoft Windows you might also want to install Apple's QuickTime player for Windows.