January 1, 2022

2022 Rose Parade float wins Theme Award

Kaiser Permanente’s float honors today’s health care heroes and those making a difference for tomorrow.

Contact: Stephen Shivinsky

PASADENA, Calif. — Kaiser Permanente’s 2022 Rose Parade® float, “A Healthier Future,” earns the Theme Award for most outstanding presentation of the Rose Parade theme. The 133rd Rose Parade marks the 16th year Kaiser Permanente has participated in the parade.

The float celebrates the dedication and talents of the nation’s health care heroes and the possibilities that exist when passionate people come together to use their expertise for the greater good. The float embodies the 2022 Tournament of Roses® Parade theme, “Dream. Believe. Achieve.” — celebrating that childhood dreams can become careers that make the world a better place.

“Kaiser Permanente is honored to receive the Theme Award, and we hope our float inspires the next generation by honoring our health care workers who show us what is possible every day,” said Greg Adams, chair and chief executive officer, Kaiser Permanente. “Working together and partnering with our communities, we know we can achieve our mission of high-quality, affordable health care, creating a healthier today and tomorrow.”

Float design

The float features 4 children exploring, imagining, and daring to dream about one day making a difference in the world:

  • The child reading a book represents researchers like those whose work helped uncover medical advancements such as the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The child with the stethoscope caring for Booster the teddy bear represents the dream of becoming a nurse or a doctor one day.
  • The child with a telescope pays homage to innovators, like those at Kaiser Permanente’s Garfield Innovation Center, imagining the future of health care.
  • The child in a lab coat with scientific instruments represents the students at the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine in Pasadena, who are the next generation of caregivers.

Designed and built by Fiesta Parade Floats, our 55-foot-long float featured a lush deck garden covered in 15,000 hot pink Floyd roses. Surrounding and framing the deck edge of the entire float was a floral garland of hot pink and orange roses, carnations, lilies, orchids, alstroemeria, and ornamental kale.

Floral designs throughout the float showcased green bells of Ireland, gladiolas, spider poms, and Hypericum. Yellow and orange gerberas, carnations, and lilies completed the designs. At the back of the float were floral displays featuring thousands of lavender liatris, green anthuriums, and purple Mokara orchids.

The books atop the float were crafted from an array of materials. The book covers were adorned with yellow or red strawflower petals, green split peas, green manzanita leaves, and orange dehydrated carrot. The pages were decorated with creamy tan sesame seeds.

About the Tournament of Roses and Rose Parade presented by Honda

The Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that hosts America’s New Year Celebration® with the Rose Parade presented by Honda, the Rose Bowl Game, and a variety of accompanying events. The association’s 935 volunteer members supply more than 80,000 hours of human power, driving the success of the 133rd Rose Parade, themed “Dream. Believe. Achieve.,” on Saturday, January 1, 2022, followed by the 108th Rose Bowl Game. For more information, visit tournamentofroses.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.5 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health.