The announcement was made at an event on 5/20/17 honoring the floragraph families from the past nine years. Thank you to the families of Kelly and Christian for accepting this opportunity for LOPA to recognize their heroes on a national level!
We invite you to read about Kelly and Christian in our heroes stories. Floragraphs are portraits of organ, eye and tissue donors made entirely of organic materials.
This year's float theme is The Gift of Time and it depicts a vibrantly colored, tropical backdrop that dates back to the ancient civilizations of Mexico. It celebrates the gift of life as 16 costumed riders sit alongside the jungle, against stone carvings, drawing on the strength they have gained from their donors to continue and thrive on life’s journey. The monumental Aztec calendar draws the eye to the center of the float, where 44 donors are honored with floragraphs. This ancient calendar is a reminder of the enduring, life-saving power of the generosity of donors and families. Alongside the float, eight living donors and recipients will carry baskets of fruit and flowers in celebration of the renewed life they have shared with one another and the world. The beauty, richness, and potential of life is represented by the vivid flock of macaws perched over the lush floral canopies, ready to take flight.