Honda’s 2015 Rose Parade float entry, Building Dreams of Friendship, will lead the 126th Rose Parade presented by Honda.
The float celebrates the friendship shared by the United States and Japan through the Tomodachi Initiative, and pays tribute to the resilience of the people of Tohoku, Japan.
The float also seeks to highlight the ongoing reconstruction effort in the regions affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of 2011, and pays tribute to the role played by the United States military in the humanitarian response.
Born out of the relief effort following the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of 2011, the Tomodachi Initiative ( Tomodachi is Japanese for “friend”) was created by the United States and Japan to strengthen the bonds of friendship and leadership for future generations of Japanese and American youth.
As part of this initiative, Honda will bring 20 high school students from Tohoku, one of the regions most impacted by the 2011 disaster, to participate in the Rose Parade with Honda’s float and perform a special song composed for the Parade by six-time Grammy Award winner Daniel Ho.
Themed “Inspiring Stories,” the Rose Parade will take place Thurs., Jan. 1, 2015.