“Investing In Our Communities”
The centerpiece of the 2023 Elks, “Investing in Our Communities” float is the noble creature that is the symbol of the Order. The elk is a peaceful animal but will rise in defense of its own in the face of a threat. The majestic creature is fleet of foot and keen of perception. He is placed at mid float perched on a floral carpet celebrating the New Year with multiple shields detailing the commitment of Elks USA to youth (Elks Hoop Shoot), American Military Service (Elks National Veterans Service Commission), and Education (Elks National Foundation Scholarship Programs)
Over 1,000 proud Elk Members volunteered over a ten-day period to decorate the float, which included three days of dry decorations and seven days of flower decorations. Each day consisted of two shifts: from 8a.m. to 4p.m. and 4p.m. to 9p.m. We had volunteers from Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and all up and down California. Meals were provided to all volunteers. A volunteer pin was given to each volunteer. The Float contained more that 30,000 flowers and other plant-based decorations. The Float dimensions were 35 feet long by 18 feet wide and 25 feet high. As the float preceded down Colorado Blvd the song being played from the float was God Bless The U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood. Elks passed out mini basketballs and 5,000 Coloring books to parade viewers.
Float Riders 2023
Click on photo to read Pedro’s Thank You to the Elks.
Veteran Rider from Coalinga Elks Lodge, Two Time Purple Heart Recipient Marine Richard Hill
Hoop Shoot Winners, Sisters Kyla and Kira sponsored by Riverside Elks Lodge