PASADENA, Calif. – As the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® and our community partners prepare for the return of the Rose Parade® presented by Honda on January 1, 2022, we are excited to offer the first in a series of sneak previews of floral float entries that will inspire and charm our worldwide audience on New Year’s Day.
Since the first Rose Parade in 1890, each float entry presents a unique theme and visual story that bring their vessel to life. The theme of the 133rd Rose Parade — “Dream. Believe. Achieve.”— is reflected in the official renderings for float participants Donate Life, Lions Club International and Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee.
The three organizations’ longtime Rose Parade participation, totaling 85 entries since 1980, continues with symbolic and spectacular storytelling sure to be embraced by millions of streetside and broadcast viewers from across the country and around the world drawn to America’s New Year Celebration.
The centerpiece of the 2022 Donate Life float, “Courage to Hope,” is the winged Lion of Venice from Italy’s Piazza San Marco, set amidst the Venetian Gothic architecture of the Doge’s Palace and Venice’s quintessential gondolas and canals.
The Lion speaks to the Courage and Hope shared by donor families who have enabled a legacy through their decision to donate life; transplant candidates awaiting life-saving and healing organ, eye and tissue donation; and all who have been impacted by the pandemic. Each year more than 50 organizations nationwide sponsor the float’s life-saving mission, amplifying the Donate Life/Done Vida message to viewers and communities nationwide.
Lions Clubs International
For nearly 30 years, the entries developed by Lions Float, Inc. tell inspirational stories about how the largest service organization in the world helps others through humanitarian services, such as education initiatives like the Lions Quest program that helps students develop their social and emotional skills.
Aboard the float are two Lions alongside three ships filled with children, teachers and mentors who are on a “Quest for Kindness,” a value championed by the organization worldwide. Towering above the riders is a lighthouse representing thousands of Lions clubs, programs and events that serve as “Beacons” within their communities.
Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee (RRPFC)
The 2022 Rose Parade marks the 42nd consecutive year the RRPFC has spearheaded Rotary’s representation in America’s New Year Celebration. This year’s theme, “Changing Lives Through Education,” aligns with one of Rotary’s seven areas of focus, Basic Education and Literacy.
A sixteen-foot-tall owl embodies both the spirit of self-improvement and Rotary’s determination to make the tools of education available to everyone in every land. Books, a quill pen and a hybrid apple/globe symbolize the importance of education throughout the world.