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The 128th Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed "Echoes of Success," will take place on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 in Pasadena, Calif., and feature spirited marching bands from throughout the nation, high-stepping equestrian units, and majestic floral floats. This year's Jan. 2 date honors a longstanding tradition that moves Tournament of Roses events, including the parade, to Monday whenever New Year's Day falls on a Sunday.

Lutheran Hour Ministries will once again have a float entry in the parade, this year under the theme of "Celebrate Jesus". Fronted by Jesus standing at a replica of the doors of All Saints Church (Wittenberg Castle), where Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses, the LHM float connects our Lutheran heritage with the greater heritage of Christianity. Large church bells inscribed with the mottos of "Grace Alone," "Faith Alone" and "Scripture Alone" ring out the message and call of our Savior much like the church bells have done for centuries in passing on good news from town to town and inviting worshippers to experience the blessings of God in worship.

The 2017 LHM float will also:
* honor Dr. Martin Luther, who took a major step of faith in the Reformation 500 years ago;
* carry living examples of Gospel proclaimers through the appearances of former Speaker of The Lutheran Hour Dr. Dale Meyer and current Speaker Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz;
* salute the 100th anniversary of the International Lutheran Laymen's League/Lutheran Hour Ministries, which launched The Lutheran Hour in 1930 and still produces the weekly broadcast today;
* have LWML President Patti Ross as a rider, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the LWML.

"We pray that by God's grace, this float will provide a powerful Christian witness and the message of hope in Jesus Christ to those who view it in person or through the media," says Dick Gast, co-chair of the Petal Pushers and general chair of the LHM Float Committee.

Thanks to the International Lutheran Laymen's League's Southern California District, the LHM float is a 67-year tradition in the annual New Year's event, carrying on a mission to provide a Gospel witness to viewers everywhere, from the parade route along Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard to televisions all over the world. The float serves as the only Christian witness in the parade. The Tournament of Roses Parade is watched live on television by approximately 40 million Americans and by tens of millions more in countries around the world.

Please invite your friends, relatives, and neighbors to watch for the LHM float during television coverage that begins at 8 a.m. Pacific Time on Jan. 2. While the Tournament of Roses Parade is carried on most network channels, the LHM float is not guaranteed coverage due to commercials and/or other TV commitments. For best viewing of the parade, HGTV shows the parade in its entirety on cable television. The LHM float is the 86th unit out of 96 in this year's parade.

In addition to the LHM float, the 5,000 volunteers of the Petal Pushers are also decorating floats for up to nine other organizations. Honda, the City of Los Angeles, Western Asset, Farmers Insurance, and Shriners Children's Hospital are among the other floats that the Petal Pushers decorated last year.

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