The whimsical happy train reflects the feelings of Rotarians worldwide as the train is "This Close" to crossing the bridge to a polio free world. "Make Dreams Come True" is the parade theme for 2014; our Float riders for this year have all been involved with making dreams come true!

The 2014 Tournament of Roses Theme is "Dreams Come True." Rotary International President Ron Burton and all Rotarians have the same dream – the eradication of polio. By engaging this dream, Rotarians will not only change the lives of those in the three countries where polio still exists, but change the world from one where polio continues to a Polio Free World.

This year marks the 35th year Rotary has participated in the Tournament of Roses Parade. The Rotary Float is funded entirely on the generosity of Rotary Clubs and Districts in the U.S. and Canada. This promotion receives no financial support from Rotary International; it is funded entirely by Rotarians and friends of Rotary!

Volunteers check in

Volunteers donate more than 6,000 hours in preparing decorations and applying them to our Rotary Float. Five members from the One World Rotary eClub (Lori Davis and daughter Lindsay; Sue Weaver and husband Mike; Dawn O'Bar and husband Kevin; Ralph Kleemeyer; Cindy Belmonte; Charlotte Bright from the Rotary Club of Simi Sunset) gathered together at the Rosemont Pavilion on Saturday, Dec. 14th to cut flowers, apply cocoa, glue dried flowers and beans to the Rotary Float. It was unimaginable how tedious and hard this work was! The variety of volunteers working on about 20 different floats and the noise level in the pavilion was just amazing.




Group at work cutting flowers:


This one bag shown in the photo below was what was gathered after three hours of work by eight people!


Building a float: 1:09 min


Checkin instructions video: 3:49 min

Lindsay and Lori on scaffolding on top of the float:


Dawn O'Bar:


Sue Weaver:


Ralph Kleemeyer:


The Rotary Rose Float:


The Rose Parade has a television viewing audience of 39 million in the U.S. alone ... and millions more worldwide. Our Float typically receives 60 to 90 seconds of televised coverage with the U.S. and Canadian audiences. Commentators work from a fact sheet prepared with the support of RI Public Relations Department describing the good work Rotary performs in local communities and around the world.

Most Rotary clubs would promote their club with televised coverage if they could ... but it is simply too costly for the average Club to obtain this type of exposure alone. We have a 35 year track record of televised coverage for Rotary International! Television coverage amplifies our Float by delivering a message of what Rotary stands for and what Rotarians do for mankind.


Please view the slideshow  to get a look at the Rotary Rose Floats throughout the years:


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