Mayflower Float to be in Tournament of Roses Parade

Pasadena , CA

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

From the Wicked Local/Plymouth article on December 11, 2019 by David Kindy
Plymouth will kick off the start of its 400th anniversary year in a big way on New Year’s Day with the Mayflower featured as the third float in the Tournament of Roses Parade. The nationally televised event will put the spotlight on the yearlong commemoration of the town’s founding by English settlers in 1620.

“What a way to start off 2020! It has just been announced that we, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, will be the third float in the parade. Wow!” said Marcia Maloney, immediate past president of the California Mayflower Society, the state chapter of the national organization, which is building the float.

The society is sponsoring the float in the Rose Parade on Jan. 1. Titled “The Voyage of Hope – 1620,” the entry includes a large floral depiction of the Mayflower ship, along with Plymouth Rock and the shallop in Plymouth Harbor.

Founded in 1877, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants is dedicated to researching the genealogy of the Pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower. Membership requires proof of lineage from one of the passengers who traveled to the New World on the ship in 1620.

According to Maloney, the Mayflower float will follow the entry for Honda, which is the lead sponsor for the Tournament of Roses Parade, and the float by California Polytechnic State University. Maloney said the floats are in the seventh unit because of all the bands and equestrian units that lead the parade.

Volunteers are needed to help with the decorating. If you plan to be in California between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, you can sign up to help at

The float is financed entirely by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Donations to help with decorating expenses can be made at