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Dariens’ Carol Wilder-Tamme Gives a Backstage View of Preparing a Tournament of Roses Parade Float

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Carol Wilder-Tamme is on an adventure, and appearing in the Tournament of Roses Parade this Wednesday, Jan. 1, in Pasadena, California is just one part of it. She’s been posting pictures and descriptions about the preparations of the large Mayflower replica float being created by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants that she’ll be riding on, and you can follow along here. Wilder-Tamme has been posting pictures and messages on her “Stayin’ Alive” blog and gave Darienite.com permission to republish them. The work is sometimes difficult, may have a little risk (at least enough to demand that the volunteers pay attention to safety) and is resulting in a striking float, decorated with flowers and seeds, that commemorates the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower, which took some of Wilder-Tamme’s ancestors to Plymouth.

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Darienite Carol Wilder-Tamme Will Be on Mayflower Float in Rose Parade

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If you watch the  Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1, you’ll see a replica of the Mayflower, a float from the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, and Carol Wilder-Tamme of Darien will be on it. The “The Voyage of Hope~1620” float in the Pasadena, California parade will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower. “I’ve been selected to be a 17th century attired Mayflower passenger on the float,” Wilder-Tamme said. She sent in an eight-page application, which was accepted by the organizers.