Illustrating kindness: Design a float for the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade

"The Cat's Away," designed by Richard Burrow for Sierra Madre Rose Float Assn. c2017 LBM
“The Cat’s Away,” designed by Richard Burrow for Sierra Madre Rose Float Assn. c2017 LBM

by Laura Berthold Monteros

The theme of the 129th Tournament of Roses will not be announced until the installation of officers on Jan. 20, 2017 but the hints that 2018 Pres. Lance Tibbet has given indicate a theme that centers around kindness and the impact small acts can have. Most people have both experienced kindness and passed it on to others. Readers who have a story to share and can picture it as a design for a Rose Parade float can enter competitions run by the six self-built float associations. The Rose Parade takes place on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

Here are the hints that Pres. Tibbet shared with the builders:

  • The 2018 theme celebrates the power of kindness.
  • By acting without reservation or expectation to help others, we not only help each other, but also inspire those around us to do the same.
  • As members of a community, a country and a planet, we all have the power and responsibility to help one another.
  • Even the smallest act of kindness can extend far beyond the initial act. We encourage everyone to look for ways to practice kindness every day.
  • Change starts with a single act, act now and help change our world.
  • The following video also demonstrates this theme:

Each association has its own rules and deadlines, which are usually posted on the website. Some are coming up in the next couple weeks! The link to each organization’s site are below, with deadlines for the ones that have been posted. We will add to that as we get word.