Special Programs

The Rose Parade

Each New Year's Day, the world focuses its attention on Pasadena, California, USA, home of the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. It's a celebration more than a century old – a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere else in the world. It's America's New Year Celebration, a greeting to the world on the first day of the year, and a salute to the community spirit and love of pageantry that have thrived in Pasadena for more than 100 years.

The Donate Life Float

On January 1, 2019, the Donate Life Rose Parade Float will make its 16th appearance in the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena. NJ Sharing Network and our generous partners, Bridge to LifeDignity Memorial Funeral Homes and Hearts for Emma will sponsor three donor families and two transplant recipients to attend the multi-day festivities.

Our 2019 honorees are: 

Jim Rhatican Sean Clegg Randall Giles
Jim Rhatican
Liver Recipient
and Float Rider
Sponsored by
our Foundation

Sean Clegg
Organ and Tissue Donor
and Floragraph Honoree
Sponsored by
our Foundation

Dr. Randall Giles
Organ and Tissue Donor
and Floragraph Honoree
Sponsored by
Bridge to Life Ltd

Emma Rothman Carrie Ellen Fisher  

Emma Rothman 
Heart Recipient 
and Float Rider
Sponsored by
Hearts For Emma

Carrie Ellen Fisher
Organ and Tissue Donor
and Floragraph Honoree
Sponsored by
Dignity Memorial
 

  

The 2019 Donate Life Rose Parade float, Rhythm of the Heart, will highlight the musical diversity and rhythms of Africa. Djembe drums from Senegal, along with a Kuba drum from the Congo will carefully integrate 44 floral portraits in their beautiful design, honoring the brave lives of deceased donors.

Rose Parade 2019 Float

 

Rose Parade 2018

From the grandstands, family members of donors Reinaldo Garcia, Luke Bautista and Jared Colon viewed the float adorned with floragraphs honoring their loved ones. Kidney and pancreas transplant recipient, Michael Strusiak, rode the float representing all New Jersey residents who have received a second chance at life through donation.

To view a full list of 2018 Florograph Honorees, please click here.



From construction to Parade day!
A 5 month time lapse of the 2017 Donate Life Rose Parade float.