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America’s New Year Celebration: 2022 Rose Parade

Enjoyed by millions around the world, the Rose Parade is held each January in celebration of the New Year. Since 2004, the Donate Life Rose Parade® float has inspired people across the country and around the world to save and heal lives with the powerful message of organ, eye and tissue donation. The 2022 Rose Parade theme, Dream. Believe. Achieve., celebrates education’s ability to open doors, open minds, and change lives. The 2022 Donate Life Rose Parade® float, Courage to Hope, shares the courage shown by donor families, living donors and waiting recipients, represented by the winged lion of Piazza San Marco (or Saint Mark’s Square) in Venice, Italy.

The Donate Life Float Committee describes the 2022 float in detail. “The majestic lion holds a book that represents the knowledge that both donor families and grateful recipients share about the importance of saying “YES” to donation. Organ, eye and tissue donation offers hope to donor families, who in the midst of losing a loved one, see the chance to believe their loved ones’ gifts will help save others. At the same time, those waiting to receive a lifesaving organ have the dream and the courage to hope that a donor will become available, to restore their health and change their lives. They can now achieve their life’s goals, all thanks to their donors. The float features stylized Venetian colonnades, inspired by the Palazzo Ducale or Doges’ Palace in Venice. These ornate porticos will be adorned with memorial floral portraits, honoring the gift of life and hope given by organ, eye and tissue donors. Venice’s quintessential gondolas will carry organ, eye and tissue recipients, as they continue sailing in their life journey, thanks to their donors’ gifts. Living donors and recipients will walk alongside the float. A lush dedication garden features individually dedicated roses and will complete the beautiful Venetian scene, along with blue and white waves, representing the flowing Venice canals.”

Hospitals across the Florida and Georgia are pleased to partner with LifeLink of Florida and LifeLink of Georgia to honor and remember those who gave the gift of life through organ and tissue donation. A rose dedication garden made up of roses with handwritten dedications will include messages by hospital CEO’s across the country, alongside dedications celebrating transplant recipients and living donors, honoring deceased donors, and thanking individuals and groups who support and take part in the donation and transplantation community.

The 2022 Rose Parade will air on Saturday, January 1, 2022 beginning at 11am est/8am pst on ABC, NBC, Hallmark, RDF TV, and Univision. Check your local listings for specific information.