Easterseals’ 100 year anniversary celebration kicks off with a Rose Parade float representing the nearly 1.5 million people with disabilities Easterseals serves throughout the country. For millions of people around the world, the Rose Parade is an iconic New Year’s Day tradition.
Through the days and hours of the float construction, Easterseals CEO, Angela Williams and Mark Whitely, CEO, Easterseals Southern CA were joined by staff, volunteers and float riders from across the country who receive Easterseals services.
The Easterseals’ float features a 20-foot tall, three-tiered cake with stylized icons of people representing disability inclusion decorating each layer. Surrounded by animated pinwheels and festive decorations, the cake will be topped with flickering candles displaying the number 100. There will also be gifts on the float representing Easterseals’ work to help people with disabilities to live, learn, work and play in their local communities.
Easterseals’ Rose Parade float riders include: Kaison Shipp-Collier, Sophia Stafford, Reagan Crabtree, Blake Scribner, Matthew Jameson, Lora Glassman, Ernesto Gutierrez, Howard McBroom, and Danny Blake.
The Rose Parade travels 5 ½ miles down Colorado Blvd. and features four types of entries: floral-decorated floats entered by a participating corporation, non-profit organization or municipality, equestrian units, bands, and Tournament Entries. The Rose Parade participants have long histories with the Tournament of Roses and keep the traditions alive.
The Rose Parade is presented by Honda.