The theme of the 2018 Rose Parade is Making a Difference. Our float will be titled Sacrifice to Serve and honors all recipients of the Purple Heart medal. The riders on the float include purple heart recipients and dignitaries of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The float will be decorated with many types of floral material including a bed of 11,000 red roses and 1,000 white roses.
On January 1st, 2018 the Odd Fellows Rebekahs Tournament of Roses Parade float completed its 5.5 mile journey along Colorado Blvd in Pasadena California. Our 2018 float was titled Sacrifice to Serve and honored all recipients of the Purple Heart medal. The riders on our 2018 float include seven purple heart recipients and several dignitaries of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. On December 13th KTLA-TV interviewed two of our purple heart recipients at the float.
The 2018 Tournament of Roses judging of floats for parade trophies was held the morning of December 31st, 2017. Our float was one of the leading units in the parade (4th overall position) following only the sponsor (Honda), the Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard and the Marine Corps band. We received the Director's Trophy for most outstanding artistic design.