Since 2004, the Donate Life Float entries in the Rose Parade have served as an annual tribute to organ and tissue donors. 2020 will be the 11th year that Bridge to Life has sponsored the float. The idea of Rose Parade Donation Theme floats originated by Gary Foxen, a transplant recipient who also happened to be a Rose Parade volunteer. He’d been trying “to find a way to repay society for this wonderful gift of life”.
The goal of each Donate Life float is to create an opportunity for donor families, living donors and transplant recipients to inspire the world to save and heal those in need through the gift of life.
2020 Float Theme: “Light in the Darkness”
2020 Float Construction Timelapse Video
Each year one organ, eye and tissue donor from South Carolina is honored with a floragraph (floral portrait) on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float. Craig Owens was chosen for the 2020 parade, and thanks to a grant from Bridge to Life, Craig’s family were able to attend the decoration float activities.
The 2020 float titled “Light in the Darkness” highlights Southeast Asia’s Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, a celebration of light shining in darkness. Two brass oil lamps, known as diya, burn brightly and accompany three majestic peacocks, symbols of new life.