Big Bear Will Have a Float in the 2019 Rose Parade

Rose Parade Association’s Float Application reportedly accepted by the Tournament of Roses, one of only for new float entrants authorized

Published : Monday, March 26, 2018 | 4:12 PM

Good news for the Big Bear Rose Parade Association’s application for a float in the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade — it has been accepted by Rose Parade organizers.

“I am thrilled beyond belief with this news,” said Gloria Meade, president of the Big Bear Rose Parade Association. “I have such tremendous love for my Big Bear family and my Tournament of Roses family, and it has long been a dream of mine to see a Big Bear float in the parade.” Meade, a retired 12-year employee of the Tournament of Roses, is a Big Bear resident, but still serves as a white-suiter volunteer with the Tournament of Roses.

The association said its proposal was one of only four new float entrants to be accepted in the 2019 event, and it is now tasked with raising funds and creating a design for the float which will be built by a professional organization and decorated by local volunteers.

Liz Harris, vice president and fundraising chair of the Big Bear Rose Parade Association, has created a plan to raise approximately $325,000, which will cover costs. “While this is not a trivial amount of money, the exposure it will bring to Big Bear and the goodwill and involvement we will have with the community will be invaluable. We will all feel very proud when we see a beautiful float representing our beloved community in the 2019 Tournament of Roses parade,” she said.

The float’s design will reflect this year’s Tournament of Roses parade theme, “The Melody of Life.”

The Big Bear Rose Parade Association is a nonprofit pending volunteer organization. It was formed in January 2017 with the intention of creating a float that depicts the beauty of Big Bear Valley and sharing it with millions of viewers around the world who enjoy the Tournament of Roses Parade each year.

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