Kiwanis Rose Float History

 

 
The first Kiwanis float in a Tournament of Roses Parade appeared in 1965 when the organization was granted a special permit because it was celebrating its 50th anniversary. It wasn't until 1986, however, before Kiwanis' application reached the top of a waiting list, and Pasadena Kiwanian and tournament committee member Reid Allen helped establish its permanent position in the parade. Homer Maertz, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Lake Forest, California, raised enough money to pay for the 1986 float: two large ostriches with their heads stuck in the sand.
 
 
Sponsorship responsibilities was transferred to a district-wide committee under the leadership of Past District Governor Wayne Hoeft, who chaired the committee for 18 years. More than 6,500 Kiwanians and sponsored youth volunteers now are involved in building the Kiwanis float, as well as several other parade entries.
   
 

1921
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1923
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1927
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1942
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1965
Golden Anniversary

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1986
All You Need is Love
1987
Children of the World
1988
School Days
1989
Singing in the Rain

1990
Something to Crow About

1991
Playmates
1992
Reach for the Stars

1993
Youth On Parade
1994
Children: Priority #1
1995
Special Olympics: Everybody Wins

1996
Planting for the Future

1997
Making Miracles Happen

1998
Hayride

1999
Childern of the World

2000
Ringing In The New Year

2001
Building A Family
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2002
Bee Happy

2003
Discovery

2004
Our Family Tree

2005
We Are Family

2006
The Magic of Reading
Video of Float Judging (6MB)



2007
We Are Family


2008
Serving Children Worldwide


2009
Sharing the Great Outdoors

2010
Above the Rest

2011
Children's Dream

2012
Winter Winderland

2013
A Child's Magic Carpet Ride

2014
Bridging Children's Dreams

2015
100 Years Inspiring Children

2016
Children ... Our Treasure

2017
Children's Dreams. The World's Potential