Donate Life Rose Parade Float

Now in its 14th year, the Donate Life Rose Parade float is the centerpiece of a national effort of more than 50 organizations, including the Midwest Transplant Network, that have teamed up to reach a broad audience with the simple, life-giving message that organ, eye and tissue donation saves and heals lives.

This Year's Theme

Families of donors are honored to see their loved one’s likeness showcased as part of the float. Living donors and recipients bring the float to life by riding on or walking beside the float. This year’s parade theme, Echoes of Success, tells the story of how character is developed through the selfless contribution of others and celebrates their inspirational gifts. The participants have given and received the gift of life, the most selfless act one can show to another and they are all truly Teammates in Life.

Donate Life Rose Parade Float

2017 Float


60 floragraphs, a floral
portrtait, will be featured
on the float. 

The 2017 Donate Life Rose Parade Float, Teammates in Life, depicts a spectacular Polynesian catamaran, which will be propelled by a team of 24 organ, eye and tissue transplant recipients rowing in unison with strength gained from their donors. The sails of the vessel will feature 60 floral portraits of donors interwoven with Polynesian designs and patterns. Just as the donors’ gifts empower the lives of others, the sails help power the catamaran on its journey. 12 living donors will walk alongside the float carrying flowers in celebration of the life they have given to others and the quality of life they continue to enjoy themselves. The ocean waves will showcase 1,000 white Akito roses, individually dedicated in memory or honor of those touched by donation Vibrant birds perch amongst a lush landscape of tropical flowers and palm trees while a pair of tikis, representing light and life, abundance and peace, peer out of the jungle. The float will exude life with colorful, exotic blooms grown in Hawaii especially for the occasion.