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.
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.
- 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.
If you have any corrections, additions or stories to share I look forward to hearing them.
Enjoy the journey,