Odd Fellows Rebekahs Rose Parade Float

We introduce the public to Odd Fellowship through TV and Internet Streaming

The theme of the 2020 Rose Parade is The Power of Hope. Our float is titled First Responders Bring Hope to honor all of our First Responder professions.

The float depicts many first responder professions including firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police, park rangers, search and rescue teams and so on.

Our float is viewed on New Year's day by approximately 700,000 people who line the 5.5 mile parade route along Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena California and by at least 70 million more via national, international and non English language television broadcasts. In 2009 the parade was broadcast to 217 countries (79 countries live) in over 20 languages. KMEX-TV is the local Univision affiliate in Los Angeles and produces the Spanish language telecast. Beginning in 2004, the parade has been telecast in the Mandarin and Cantonese languages on Sky Link TV, a Chinese channel based in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Live streaming on the internet began around 2010 and has expanded every year since.

This is truly a very large viewing audience that sees our work of art, hears our name, and learns of our fraternal mission. We have observed that at least since 2015, daily Google searches for "Odd Fellows" and similar terms, as well as visitors to our Sovereign Grand Lodge web site, increase by a factor of about 7X on the day of the rose parade. This uptick in Google searches concerning Odd Fellowship on the day of the parade appears to roughly correlate with the beginning of internet streaming of the parade. Google trends data may be found on our annual historical pages beginning with our 2015 float.



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!

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.