Our float's central image, two intertwined hearts, will stand above us: a beacon of what is good and hopeful about humanity. We begin again, as we must, standing strong against pain, loss and resignation.
It was the first time in the parade's 123-year history, and the first time in the 30 years since HIV/AIDS was identified, that a float acknowledged those who died of AIDS and the advocates who helped them.
Undeniably, military might and corporate cachet will be front and center in the Just Imagine Rose Parade. But, immediately following the might and money march comes the occupiers' march -- the people's march.