The Miracle Workers
Members of the Lions Clubs International are dedicated to eliminating preventable blindness. Helen Keller has long been symbol of this dedication, and it was her life and triumph over blindness and deafness that was the focus of the Broadway play and movie "The Miracle Worker." On a daily basis the Lions Club members and their supporters are "miracle workers."
Phoenix Decorating Co.
Height: 16.5 ft.
Width: 18 ft.
Length: 33 ft.
A gigantic, gold framed "floragraph" depicting Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, is the centerpiece of the Lions Clubs International float, which salutes the Oscar Award-winning movie and Tony Award-winning play "The Miracle Worker." The true honorees of this Rose Parade entry, however, are the members of the Lions Club and their supporters - contemporary miracle workers - who work each day to eliminate preventable blindness. Depictions of the a braille book, glasses and the traditional white and red cane utilized by those with vision impairment also appear on the float. Guide dogs for the blind join float riders and walk alongside the float with both sighted and blind companions.
The "floragraph" depiction of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan is created with ground onion seed, light lettuce seed, poppy seed and powdered rice; its gold frame and the lion's head are covered with strawflower, clover seed and ground white rice.
The cane features red strawflower and ground white rice.
The glasses are decorated with silverleaf, and the books are covered with orange lentil, red strawflower and parsley seed - the pages are created with ground rice and poppy seed.
The base of the float is bedecked with roses, daisies and carnations in a mix of orange, gold, pink, lavender, yellow and gold.