first Kiwanis float in a Tournament of Roses Parade appeared in
1965 when the organization was granted a special permit because
it was celebrating its 50th anniversary. It wasn't until 1986,
however, before Kiwanis' application reached the top of a waiting
list, and Pasadena Kiwanian and tournament committee member Reid
Allen helped establish its permanent position in the parade. Homer
Maertz, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Lake Forest, California,
raised enough money to pay for the 1986 float: two large ostriches
with their heads stuck in the sand.
was transferred to a district-wide committee under the leadership
of Past District Governor Wayne Hoeft, who chaired the committee
for 18 years. More than 6,500 Kiwanians and sponsored youth volunteers
now are involved in building the Kiwanis float, as well as several
other parade entries.