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 126th Rose Parade® presented by Honda 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 provide lunch and dinner for the volunteers.
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. Click here to see photos from the first weekend of float building.
The theme for this year’s parade is “Inspiring Stories” and this year's Kiwanis float theme is "100 Years of Inspiring Children."
Kiwanis International President John Button, Kiwanis International Foundation President Bob Parton, Circle K International President Kathy Le and Key Club International President Maria Palazzolo will ride on the float with other inspiring Kiwanis members. Meet the 2015 Kiwanis float riders.
Make sure to follow Kiwanis International on Facebook for an all-access pass to the behind-the-scenes action as thousands of Key Clubbers decorate nearly a dozen floats for millions to see. Then watch for the float in the parade, which will be broadcast live in the United States beginning at 8 a.m. PST, on Thursday, January 1, 2015. Check your local broadcast listings for more information. Don’t miss it!