On New Year’s Day, millions of people around the world will view the work of the Kiwanis family on live television. That's when the 124th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade rolls through Pasadena, California—featuring the Kiwanis float and eight others decorated by Kiwanis-family members.
In fact, Kiwanis offers more volunteers for the event than any other organization. About 7,000 people come from all over North America, contributing more than 56,000 volunteer hours. They represent nearly all of Kiwanis International’s programs: Builders Club for middle school students; Key Club for high school students; Circle K International for college students and Aktion Club for adults with disabilities and Kiwanis for adults. Kiwanis clubs also feed the volunteers lunch and dinner.
Using 8,000 gallons of glue, the volunteers create flower-covered floats for Kiwanis International, Honda, Bayer Advanced, Trader Joe’s, Western Asset, Donate Life, Rotary International, City of Alhambra, Bank of America, City of Hope, RFD-TV and U.S. Bank.
The theme for this year’s parade is “Oh, The Places You’ll Go,” based on the original book by Dr. Seuss. The theme for the Kiwanis float is “A Child’s Magic Carpet Ride.”
Learn more about the parade and the float at the official Tournament of Roses Parade site.