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The theme of the 2015 Rose Parade is "Inspiring Stories".
Our 2015 float depicts 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.
Our float is titled: Always Remember (Artist's Concept)
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On January 1, 2014 the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Rose Parade float, Friendship, Love and Truth, reminded the world of the motto of Odd Fellowship.
Odd Fellows and 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 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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Watch the 2014 telecast in HD.
The entire surface of a Rose Parade float MUST be covered in natural materials such as seeds, beans, grains, fruits, vegetables, tree bark, leaves, dried flowers, fresh flowers, etc... The surfaces that appear to be "painted" are actually coated with an underlayer of white glue upon which is manually dabbed powdered floral material which is prepared by grinding seeds and flower petals into a fine dust. Many different floral materials are required to achieve the range of colors.
Follow the decoration process in these photos and video clips.
- Watch the 2013 telecast in HD.
- Watch the 2012 telecast in HD and 2012 photos.
- Watch the 2011 telecast in HD.
- Watch the 2010 telecast.
- Watch the 1994 telecast.
- Watch the 1993 telecast.
- Watch the 1983 telecast.