Mayflower Float to be in Tournament of Roses Parade

Pasadena , CA

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

According to the article of September 30, 2019 by David Kindy in Wicked Local Plymouth, The General Society of Mayflower Descendants is sponsoring an entry in this year’s Rose Parade. Titled “The Voyage of Hope – 1620,” the entry will also include depictions of Plymouth Rock and the shallop in Plymouth Harbor.

Plymouth celebrates a major milestone in 2020, and what better place to kick off that celebration than the Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1? A float featuring the Mayflower made of flowers will be in that nationally televised procession – perhaps even leading it off. When completed, the self-driving display will measure 55 feet long, 18 feet wide and 34 feet high. More than a dozen people will be on or walk with the Mayflower float, including George Garmany Jr., governor general of the Mayflower Society.

The historic vessel that brought the Pilgrims to the New World may be the first thing viewers see when they tune in Jan. 1. The Mayflower float is being considered for the lead position at the Rose Parade, which precedes the Rose Bowl college football game in Pasadena, California.

“It’s pretty epic,” said Marcia Maloney, immediate past president of the California Mayflower Society, the state chapter of the national organization, which is heading the effort. “We started two year years ago on this project. It’s been difficult but exciting.”

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 https://www.camayflower2020.com/

The float is financed entirely by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Donations to help with decorating expenses can be made at www.camayflower.org/ways-to-donate.html