The 100th Anniversary of Easterseals kicked off on New Year's Day with our very own float in the Rose Parade held in Pasadena, California.
The float, “Celebrating Easterseals: 100 Years of Disability Services”, debuted a vibrant floral display to celebrate Easterseals’ impact on millions of people across the country through our disability services. The float featured a 20-foot-tall birthday cake iced in crisp white coconut flakes and lined with more than 3,000 hot pink Princess roses, flickering 100th anniversary candles and images of people with and without disabilities joined together near a swirl of orange and yellow marigolds and gold strawflower.
With Easterseals’ vision of building a more inclusive future for the more than 61 million Americans with disabilities, each playfully wrapped package on the float highlighted our organization’s breadth of exceptional services to make sure people with disabilities have every opportunity to “live”, “learn”, “work”, and “play” in their communities. A kaleidoscope of brilliant colors and patterns that radiated from spinning pinwheels, colorful noise makers, confetti and floral fireworks added to the festivities.
Nine Easterseals clients ranging in age from 12 to 68 years rode atop the float alongside three Easterseals staff who provide these life-changing services. Keeping with the Rose Parade theme, “The Melody of Life,” the song “Firework” by Katy Perry resounded from the float, further contributing to the joyful celebration. Created by Fiesta Parade Floats, “Celebrating Easterseals: 100 Years of Disability Services,” stood at 55 feet long, 18 feet wide and 22 feet tall.
We were thrilled to be the recipients of the “Leishman Public Spirit Award” for the most outstanding floral presentation from a non-commercial participant. An exciting accomplishment for our first float entry as part of the historic annual event.
“As this is our first year in the iconic Tournament of Roses parade, we are amazed and thrilled to have received Leishman Public Spirit Award,” said Mark Whitley, CEO, Easterseals Southern California. “As we ring in the new year, Easterseals is kicking off a celebration of 100 years of empowering those living with disabilities. We encourage every individual to make it their resolution to help build a more inclusive future for all communities.”
Easterseals would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to all who volunteered their time and talents to build the float, as well as those who attended to represent the vibrant spirit of our organization. This is just the beginning of an exciting year to mark the 100th anniversary of Easterseals. Learn more about this milestone, and how you can join the celebration all year long!
You can watch the video below to see the float moving along the parade route: