2017 Rotary Rose Bowl Float

Winner of the 2017 PRINCESSES’ TROPHY
Most beautiful float 35’ and under


Rotary: Doing Good in the World

The 2017 Float promotes and celebrates the 100 years of The Rotary Foundation. The Foundation empowers Rotarians to travel throughout the world and create and complete projects which serve people in need in six areas of focus which are: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies.  The spectacular and colorful dragon is clearly a world traveler carrying luggage decorated with the six symbols of the areas of focus.  The Dragon also is proudly wearing a necklace with a medallion marked 100 for the 100 years of services. - Rotary Float Committee.

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- John F Germ, President, Rotary International commented:

Long before Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, Rotarians around the world recognized the importance of finding new and creative ways to spread the word about Rotary. The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee float is perhaps the longest-standing, and best-known, of these projects. Every year for the last 37 years, Rotarians across the United States and Canada have carried on the tradition of designing and building a float to enter in the Rose Parade. This year, the float will be seen by an international television and social media audience of over 83 million people in more than 200 countries!

I looked forward to riding on the float in this year’s parade, and congratulating the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee for their creativity, commitment, and hard work. The float is a wonderful way to raise Rotary’s profile, and to show how Rotarians can Be A Gift to the World, by Working Together for Peace.
K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran - Rotary International President

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The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee was thrilled to learn that the Tournament of Roses theme for the 2017 parade was “Echoes of Success,” honoring those who contribute to the success of others.

The theme of our 2017 Float is the Centennial Celebration Theme "Doing Good in the World." Rotary Communications and the committee selected this theme to emphasize and iterate the Centennial Celebration with the Celebration of the New Year 2017 in the Tournament of Roses, Rose Parade.

Our annual participation in the Rose Parade is unquestionably the highest visibility Rotary promotion in the world. According to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses 2016 statistics, 70 million US and international households viewed the parade on television; and over 700,000 attended the 2016 Rose Parade. People in 243 countries and territories viewed the parade.  It is nearly impossible to estimate how many people saw and heard something about Rotary. What an outstanding opportunity to promote Rotary to the world!

Although the float is not a project of Rotary International, the success of the float is a tribute to the dedication of the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee. Our efforts, supported entirely by voluntary contributions from Rotary districts, clubs and individuals across the United States and Canada, will make this the 38th consecutive Rotary entry in the Tournament of Roses parade.

The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee is proud to provide this recognition opportunity as a gift to Rotary International, The Rotary Foundation and the 1.2 million Rotarians who continue to “serve humanity” each and every day.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve.
K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran - Rotary International President

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