This year's theme, "Inspiring Stories," was one of my Rose Bowl parade favorites. With Hawaii raised Richard Chienen as the first Asian American President of the Tournament of Roses Parade, participants included the Maui High School Marching band, the Dole corporation's Sweepstakes Award winning float (photo above from the TV), colorfully dressed horses and paniolo riders from Hawaii, and Chienen's family decked in leis riding a classic American car.
I appreciate the movement toward telling diverse stories of courage and inspiration through floats honoring the Japanese American 442 Regimental Battalion, the establishment of the first Sikh community, POWs, athletes who overcame medical hardships, medical doctors who died while serving those with Ebola, and more.
What a nice way to kick off 2015. HNY!!