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This float entitled "FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL," was entered by Odd Fellows and Rebekahs in the Tournament of Roses Parade held at Pasadena, Calif. on January 1, 1959 and received First Prize in its division.

The cost was $4500 plus about 800 hours of donated labor, placing flowers on the float. This work was done by Odd Fellows, Rebekahs, Theta Rho Girls and Junior Odd Fellows who live in the general area of Pasadena although some come from as far away as Sacramento to help and share in the pleasure of working together.

There were over 5000 red roses on the float each in its own test tube of water and approximately 4000 yellow and white mums in test tubes with maiden hair fern for greenery. 30,000 mums of various colors were also used. The buildings were covered with red and white mums, roofs of rust and walk of bronze. On the sides of the float under the lettering were yellow mums. The flag was made of white and red carnations and blue corn flowers. The boy's pants were blue delphinium and shirt of carnations and face of pink stock. The dog and tree were made of tea leaves.

The young lady (9 years old) school teacher, who rode the float was secured by our contractor.

California Odd Fellows and Rebekahs appreciate the interest being taken by other jurisdictions in this project, especially New Jersey since three nice contributions have been received from them to our Float Fund.

Paul D. Bishop, PGP, Chairman of the Float Committee.