The theme of this year’s Rose Parade in Pasadena, California will be ‘The Power of Hope’. The Rose Parade Committee states “The Power of Hope, celebrates the influence of optimism and hope. The belief that what is wanted can be attained. From the struggles of those who came before us to dreams yet fulfilled, hope is more than simply the possibility of fulfillment.” 2020 will be the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Voyage.
(design photo from FaceBook page for Fiesta Parade Floats)
The San Diego Colony of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants held a ‘Petal Clipping’ session yesterday. So, what actually is a ‘Petal Clipping’ session and what does it have to do with the Rose Parade float?
Many of us volunteered to get together with box tops and scissors at the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe to begin the process of getting flowers ready to be attached to ‘The Voyage of Hope-1620’ float at the end of December. Yellow/orange straw flowers imported from Holland are the flowers being used.
We carefully clipped the petals off the flowers
my hat was delivered with it's new band so I just had to try it out
the petals were collected in huge bags to be ready for December
There were about 35-45 people working in the afternoon when I was helping. Here are the volunteers at the table I was at
clockwise from left -Vicki May (William Bradford descendant), Beverly Willey ( William Bradford descendant), Bill Peters (William Brewster descendant), Rick Bailey (descendant of George Soule, John Alden, William White, Edward Doughty, Thomas Rodgers, William Bradford, Miles Standish) and Kathy Hughes (seamstress of my costume)
- While we were working we played Pilgrim Bingo and learned a few new things about our ancestors. I learned that my maternal 10th great grandfather John Alden was the first to step off the Mayflower at their first stop on Cape Cod when they stopped for fresh water. He was carrying a Wheel-Lock carbine rifle. Read more about John’s Wheel-Lock at Thanksgiving’s First Rifle.
- Fiesta Parade Floats is currently building the framework for the float and for objects that will be on the float. Pictures were shown during our Petal Clipping of the progress they are making as they start the build. (Tidbit: the masts for the Mayflower will need to be moveable so they can be lowered along the parade route due to bridge heights.)
- See previous posts about the Aldens: What Would Priscilla Mullins Alden Think? and San Diego Colony of Mayflower Descendants and others.
William "Budd" Leef, San Diego Colony Governor and San Diego Colony Deputy Governor, Kathleen Loftman
Kathleen did an amazing job organizing this event!
The Voyage of Hope 1620 - Crossing the Waters for a New Generation
If you have any corrections, additions or stories to share I look forward to hearing them.
Enjoy the journey,