← 1959 1960 1961 →

This float entitled "Davy Crocket" depicts the saying "I killed a b'ar when I was only three". It was entered by Odd Fellows and Rebekahs in the Tournament of Roses Parade held at Pasadena, California on January 1, 1960 and received second prize in the Fraternal, Patriotic and Musical Division.

The cost of this float was $4500 plus about 800 hours of donated labor, placing flowers on it. This work was done by Odd Follows, Rebekahs, Theta Rho Girls and Junior Odd Fellows who live in the general area of Pasadena and Los Angeles. One couple, who came from New Jersey to see the parade, helped also and the Grand Master of California enjoyed the fellowship of working together to produce this story in flowers. The Sovereign Grand Master and his wife also visited the construction area and tried their hands at flower arrangement. In addition to the above named workers were the president of the Rebekahs Assembly, Our Grand Patriarch and other Elective Officers.

There were nearly 10,000 red roses (each in its own test tube of water) imbedded in maiden hair fern. Pale pink carnation petals gave Davy his pink cheeks while blue delphinium, red and white carnations, pulverized redwood, silver leaf, stock, yellow, ton and brown mums as well as green and brown tea leaves used in the right places produced a floral presentation of a very small boy with a very large gun about to shoot a very surprised bear. The children loved it; the adults admired it and the thousands, who visited the post parade grounds, could see it and photograph it just as it appeared in the parade.

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

Color Photo, J. Allen Hawkins, Pasadena, Calif.