The Donate Life Float’s Riders, Walkers and Floragraph Honorees represent millions of people touched by organ, eye and tissue donation. As participants, they become family members of the most inspiring float in one of the most-watched events in the world. Last year’s Donate Life float was seen by an estimated 800,000 parade spectators and over 53.2 million U.S. television viewers. Millions more heard about the Donate Life mission in broadcast and print news stories about the float and its participants. The 128th Rose Parade will take place on January 2, 2017 at 8:00am PST.
Float Participant Guidelines
The following participant guidelines are designed to ensure a great Donate Life Float experience. Exceptions will be considered if there is an extraordinary story to be told by a unique prospective participant.
Riders must be recipients of an organ, eye, or tissue transplant and comfortable with heights. Walkers must be living organ donors and comfortable with walking the five mile parade route. Riders must be at least 12 years of age (per Tournament of Roses Parade rules), in good physical condition, comfortable with media interviews and able to travel to Pasadena, California from December 29 to January 3.
Walkers walk beside the float and must be at least 12 years of age (per Tournament of Roses Parade rules), in good physical condition, comfortable with media interviews and able to travel to Pasadena, California from December 29 to January 3.
Floragraphs placed on the float are portraits made of floral materials. Floragraph Honorees depicted in the float’s memorial floragraph portraits are required to be deceased organ, eye or tissue donors. The opportunity for a loved one to be honored with a floragraph comes with several expectations. In particular, floragraph families are commonly the subject of media stories in the weeks leading up to the parade. Thus, all floragraph families are expected to be available for media interviews as opportunities arise. On occasion between December 26 and December 30, television morning shows require reporting to the studio or locations at a very early hour.