The California Mayflower Society is kicking off 2020 celebrations on January 1st with an entry in the iconic Rose Bowl Parade, officially the "Rose Parade" in the "Tournament of Roses." It begins at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Wednesday. The theme this year is "The Power of Hope," and the Mayflower passengers and their estimated 30 million modern-day descendants certainly exemplify what can come from Hope (400 years later.) The home page of the California Mayflower Society has information on what it took to make a parade entry happen and ways YOU can participate. (Click on "Ways You Can Participate in the Parade" at the bottom right.) It is too late to decorate but they need other Mayflower Society participants for related in-person activities Dec. 29 - Jan 2. They would appreciate your financial support and are selling an array of interesting items, including a case of Mayflower-themed California wine and a "Who's Your Pilgrim?" t-shirt. TV stations broadcasting the parade in your area can be found here, at the official Rose Bowl Parade website. Be sure to tune in early & watch like the proverbial hawk because floats are sometimes only on screen for a matter of seconds, maybe a whole half minute if they are particularly noteworthy or have won a prize. (Cross your fingers for the California Mayflower Society's "Voyage of Hope" entry.) After the parade, you can visit the floats up close & personal on Jan. 1st & 2nd. (Have your picture taken with "Voyage of Hope" and post it online.) That is a ticketed event, though, so find info here.
Dr. Maura Mackowski is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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