The Rose Parade is an American tradition and one watched all over the nation. The conservative American Family Association has issued a warning that the Parade may not be suitable for children to watch because a same sex marriage ceremony will be conducted on one of the floats during the parade.
From the AFA website:
Millions of television viewers will see two homosexual men take wedding vows on a float that will celebrate same-sex marriage.
Rather than risk exposing your children to the blatant promotion of a sinful lifestyle this Wednesday morning, we urge your family to simply skip watching the entire network televised parade altogether.
Send a message to William Flinn, executive director of the Rose Bowl Parade, letting him know that you will not be tuning in to see this “in your face” promotion of homosexuality.
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SaveCalifornia has also come out warning about the parade:
The 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, will feature the “wedding” of two men and will take place aboard a float sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Millions of television viewers around the world as well as the hundreds of thousands along the parade route will see Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair take wedding vows on a float that will celebrate same-sex marriage and proclaim that same-sex marriage helps reduce new HIV infections among homosexual men.
Randy Thomasson of SaveCalifornia.com laments that the 125th observance of the New Year’s Day parade has left its original intent.
“[At the beginning] it was pro-family and it was about God’s creation of flowers and fauna,” he says, “and now look what it’s become: against family values and against God’s natural design of sex and family.”
The theme of the AHF float – “Love is the Best Protection” – is a play on the theme of the 2014 Roses Parade, which is “Dreams Come True.” Thomasson finds the whole presentation offensive.
The folks at SaveCalifornia are wrong about the history of the Tournament of Roses and love as a family value.
This (the Rose Parade) event began as a promotional effort by Pasadena’s distinguished Valley Hunt Club. In the winter of 1890, the club members brainstormed ways to promote the “Mediterranean of the West.” They invited their former East Coast neighbors to a mid-winter holiday, where they could watch games such as chariot races, jousting, foot races, polo and tug-of-war under the warm California sun. The abundance of fresh flowers, even in the midst of winter, prompted the club to add another showcase for Pasadena’s charm: a parade would precede the competition, where entrants would decorate their carriages with hundreds of blooms. The Tournament of Roses was born.
“In New York, people are buried in snow,” announced Professor Charles F. Holder at a Club meeting. “Here our flowers are blooming and our oranges are about to bear. Let’s hold a festival to tell the world about our paradise.”
During the next few years, the festival expanded to include marching bands and motorized floats. The games on the town lot (which was re-named Tournament Park in 1900) included ostrich races, bronco busting demonstrations and a race between a camel and an elephant (the elephant won). Reviewing stands were built along the Parade route, and Eastern newspapers began to take notice of the event. In 1895, the Tournament of Roses Association was formed to take charge of the festival, which had grown too large for the Valley Hunt Club to handle.