There was one very special float in this year’s Rose Bowl parade.
On Monday, the 49 victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., were honored with a float in the Rose Bowl parade. The float featured 49 stars, one for each of the victims, on a bed of red roses. A white dove flew overhead, and two rainbows arched over the float, one on each side.
In June 2016, 49 people were killed and 53 more were injured when a shooter entered the LGBTQ friendly nightclub in Orlando and opened fire.
The float was reportedly commissioned by the Los Angeles AIDS Healthcare Foundation and three survivors of the shooting rode on the float through the parade route according to the Orlando Sentinel.
“It’s bittersweet, because I think we’d all rather be focusing on another topic, but this is our way of honoring the lives we lost along with sending a message of resilience,” Ged Kenslea, a spokesman for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, told the Sentinel.