Odd Fellows Rebekahs Rose Parade Float

We introduce the public to Odd Fellowship through TV

The theme of the upcoming 2018 Rose Parade is Making a Difference.

Our 2018 float is titled Sacrifice to Serve and honors all recipients of the Purple Heart medal. The riders on our 2018 float include seven purple heart recipients and several dignitaries of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. On December 13th KTLA-TV interviewed two of our purple heart recipients at the float.

The 2018 float continues 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.

Maps for float workers:
Phoenix Access
Garden Inn Area
Garden Inn to Phoenix
RV and overflow Parking
Parade Route

The theme of the 2017 Rose Parade was Echoes of Success. Our 2017 float was titled Through the Ages and celebrated our nearly 200 year history of charitable activities, social events and the educational programs and benefits of Odd Fellowship.

On January 2, 2017 our Odd Fellows Rebekahs Tournament of Roses Parade float completed its 5.5 mile journey along Colorado Blvd in Pasadena California. The riders this year were VIPs Larry Ferguson, Sovereign Grand Master of the IOOF, Joyce Link, President of the International Association of Rebekah Assemblies, Daniel Mathews, General Commanding of the Patriarchs Militant branch of the Order, Barry Prock, Past Grand Master of California, Chris Reboot and daughter representing the Rebekahs Children's home in Gilroy CA, Amelia from Massachusetts, Lola Gia, Michelle Lofthouse artist that drew the float, Nancy Latu of Van Nuys Rebekahs representing the float committee and charity raffle winner Julie.

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.