Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee

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Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee


Welcome to the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee's online Media Room. Here you will find information and valuable resources for the 2016 float.

Brief Overview of Rotary International

Rotary International brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

Founded in 1905, the mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. Every Rotarian lives the Rotary motto, “Service about Self.” Rotarians contribute their time, energy and passion to sustainable, long-term projects in local communities across the globe. Projects focus on important issues like peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development.

Objectives/Goals for Participation in the Tournament of Roses Parade

Our participation in the annual Rose Parade is perhaps the highest visibility for Rotary promotion in the world. According to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Statistics, in the USA 53.2 million individuals; 42.9 households; Internationally 28 million viewed the parade on television; and, over 700,000 attended the 2015 Rose Parade.

Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee Tournament of Roses Float Entry

2015-2016 Themes

The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee is proud to submit its 37th consecutive entry in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Rose Parade on January 1, 2016. This whimsical and lovely garden is a design which blends RI’s 2015-2016 theme “Be A Gift To The World” and the Rose Parade theme of “Find Your Adventure” by focusing on the greatest gift and adventure of all – attaining world peace.

“Find Your Adventure” is a theme that has grown out of a unique partnership between the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the U.S. National Park Service. The 2016 Rose Parade will help shine light on the centennial celebration of USA national parks.

Rotary’s History with the “theme” of Peace

In the words of Paul Harris “The road to war is well paved. The road to peace is a wilderness.”

An excellent example of “taming” the wilderness, was started by the 15 member Rotary Club of Cardston, Alberta. Together with other Canadian and USA Rotary Clubs they succeeded in unifying the Canadian Waterton Lakes National Park with the USA Glacier National Park and forming the Waterton-Glacier National Peace Park. An adventure that continues today with the establishment of over 138 Peace Parks throughout the world.

In addition to these large parks, Rotary has not forgotten the importance of individual efforts and the planting of “small gardens.” In 1999, Rotary established the Rotary Centers for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution. Since then over 2000 graduates have emerged and have created their own gardens through their service.

As of 2014, over 90% of the Rotary Districts throughout the world include in their mission the promotion of peace. Participation includes the nomination and sponsorship of Peace Scholars; holding annual peace conferences within their district and/or participating in Rotary’s Annual Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Conference.

It is our honor to have our Float participants, walkers and riders, be selected from this wonderful group of peace ambassadors and Rotarians who have chosen to make their Rotary goal – world peace.

The live audience at the parade route and the millions of television and web viewers will learn the float riders and outwalker’s inspiring stories as each have endeavored to bring peace to their fellow man and to the world.

Float Design

The Rotary Float is under 35’ and could do justice to the grandeur of the Waterton – Glacier International Peace Park. So to emphasize the individual efforts of Rotarians to promote peace in their own small corner of the world, the float depicts a peaceful yet whimsical garden. Other than our Rotarian participants, the float is host to butterflies, squirrels, dragonflies, and most importantly doves of peace.

Rider and Outwalker Information

The 2016 float will feature four riders and at least eight outwalkers representing Rotarians who have participated within Rotary International and/or their district in Peace Conferences; Peace Scholars and/or participation in the Rotarian Action Group for Peace. Complete biographies and photographs of the riders and outwalkers will be posted when selected. The three that have been selected to date include RI President K. R. Ravindran (aka Ravi) and his wife Vanathy and Chair of the Rotary International Peace Conference for 2016, Rudy Westervelt. Their biographies can be found here.

About the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee

The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee is composed of over 100 individual Rotarians from over 35 Districts and has eight sponsoring Districts. The goal of the committee is to promote Rotary International to a worldwide audience by presenting a Float in the Tournament of Roses Parade. The committee works throughout the year raising funds from Rotary Clubs and individual Rotarians within USA and Canada, choosing a float design, and selecting the theme for the float that corresponds with the theme for the Rose Parade and Rotary International's theme for that year. The Committee also works with over 1,000 other Rotary volunteers to decorate the float with all organic materials.

The Rotary Rose Parade Float has eight supporting Rotary International Districts:

  • District 5190 covering Northeastern California and Northern Nevada

  • District 5230 covering Central California and the Central Coast of California

  • District 5240 covering Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Kern Counties

  • District 5280 covering Los Angeles Basin

  • District 5300 covering Southern California and Southern Nevada

  • District 5320 covering Orange County and Southern Los Angeles County

  • District 5330 covering Riverside and Imperial Counties

  • District 5340 covering San Diego County

Useful Websites for More Information

Websites with information about Rotary’s Peace Scholars; Rotary Action Group for Peace; Mt. Waterton Glacier Peace Park and Rotary International’s Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Conference.


The Rotary Rose Parade Float is not an official Rotary International program.