Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee

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Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee


Welcome to the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee's online Media Room. Here you will find information and valuable resources for the 2015 float.


Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee Press Contact:
Kate Rosloff
(310) 403-9292

Brief Overview of Rotary International

Rotary International brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.   

Founded in 1905, the mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. Every Rotarian lives the Rotary motto, “Service about Self.”  Rotarians contribute their time, energy and passion to sustainable, long-term projects in local communities across the globe. Projects focus on important issues like peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development.

Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee Tournament of Roses Float Entry

This year the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee’s entry into the 2015 Tournament of Roses parade focuses on our projects that give communities the ability to develop and maintain sustainable water and sanitation systems and support studies related to water and sanitation.

For millions of people throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America, getting clean water is a daily struggle.  In fact, more than 80% of all sickness in the world is attributed to unsafe water.  Nearly 1 billion people are without access to improved water sources and every 8 seconds, a child dies because of this crisis.  Rotary Club members join together to provide clean water and sanitation to literally save lives!

The need is significant:  Proper hand washing with soap and water can reduce diarrhea cases by up to 50 percent.  783 million people don’t have clean drinking water.  Six hours per day is spent by women in some rural parts of Africa collecting water from a remote source.

Primary activities undertaken by Rotary Clubs seek to: Improve sanitation facilities by providing toilets and latrines that flush into a sewer or safe enclosure; Promote good hygiene habits through education; Implement rain water harvesting systems to collect and store rainwater for drinking or recharging underground aquifers; and, Build wells to extract groundwater from underground aquifers.

Objectives/Goals for Participation in the Tournament of Roses Parade

Our participation in the annual Rose Parade is perhaps the highest visibility for Rotary promotion in the world.  Millions of people in the United States and Canada and millions more around the globe will view our 2015 entry, “Changing Lives Through Clean Water.”  From supplying water filters to families living near the polluted Rimac River in Lima, Peru to drilling boreholes and installing hand pumps on wells in Ghana to provide water for dinking, washing and flushing toilets, or building water towers to provide clean water for orphanages in Myanmar, Rotarians work daily on significant and life changing projects.  Through this exposure, we seek additional partners to join the effort to ensure people around the world access to sanitation and clean water.

Float Name:  Changing Lives Through Clean Water

How/Why Name Was Chosen

This year’s Float name "Changing Lives through Clean Water" was chosen to tell the world about Rotary's successful projects to provide clean water throughout the world. 

The Float shows a water well with candles lighting the way to clean water.  This is just one of many ways that we reflect Rotary International’s President Gary Huang’s theme for 2014-2015 of “Light Up Rotary.”  Rotarians provide water and sanitation to needy world-wide populations.  Every project is a spark that will inspire others to do provide another spark that will “Light Up Rotary.”

How Float Theme Relates to Parade Theme

Rotary International President Gary Huang’s theme is “Light Up Rotary.” The Tournament of Roses Parade’s theme is “Inspiring Stories.” One of Rotary’s most inspiring stories, and one of Rotary’s areas of focus, is the work we do around the world to bring clean water and sanitation to millions of those who lack these basic and vital resources. More than 2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. It is reported that at least 3,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water.

With this in mind the name of our 2015 float entry is “Changing Lives Through Clean Water.” Many Rotary clubs participate in water projects around the world.  The live audience at the parade route and the millions of television and web viewers will learn the float riders and outwalker’s inspiring stories as each have participated in a water service project in far-reaching areas of the globe.

Rider and Outwalker Information

The 2015 float will feature eight riders and eight outwalkers wearing native costumes representing the countries in which Rotary provides sanitation and clean water projects. Complete biographies and photographs of the riders and outwalkers can be found here.


About the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee
The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee is composed of over 100 individual Rotarians from over 35 Districts and has six sponsoring Districts.  The goal of the committee is to promote Rotary International to a worldwide audience by presenting a Float in the Tournament of Roses Parade.  The committee works throughout the year raising funds from Rotary Clubs within the USA and Canada and individual Rotarians, choosing a float design, and selecting the theme for the float that corresponds with the theme for the Rose Parade and Rotary International's theme for that year. The Committee also works with over 1,000 other Rotary volunteers to decorate the float with all organic materials.

The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee is supported primarily by these six Rotary districts:

  • District 5240 covering Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Kern Counties

  • District 5280 covering Los Angeles Basin

  • District 5300 covering Southern California and Southern Nevada

  • District 5320 covering Orange County and Southern Los Angeles Countie

  • District 5330 covering Riverside and Imperial CountiesDistrict 5340 covering San Diego County

Useful Websites for More Information

Websites with information about Rotary’s clean water and sanitation projects:

End Polio Now
Rotary International Media Center
Pasadena Tournament of Roses 



Media Room for the 2014 Float


The Rotary Rose Parade Float is not an official Rotary International program.