Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Fiesta Parade Floats
Transforming Communities through Sisterhood & Service
Every Collegiate and Alumnae Chapter in Delta Sigma Theta seeks to improve their local communities with programs developed and implemented through the membership at the local level.
Updated on: 12/31/2012 8:15:38 PM
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FLOAT BUILDER: Fiesta Parade Floats
FLOAT DESCRIPTION: Height: 17 Feet, Width: 18 Feet, Length: 55 Feet
In anticipation of its 2013 Centennial Celebration, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the world’s largest African-American Greek-lettered sorority, is kicking off its year-long celebration with this floral salute to its heroic heritage and the inspiring women that comprise the 300,000 national and international sorority members. A sculptured globe highlighted with a spectacular floral tribute that emphasizes Delta Sigma Theta’s commitment to humanitarian efforts worldwide.
A rotating hexagon, with six magnificently detailed floral-graphs, takes center stage and highlights Delta’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust program, established in 1955, representing the cornerstone of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s outreach program. Five of the floral graphs individually representing the Five Point Programmatic Thrust;
(1) Economic Development
(2) Educational Development
(3) International Awareness and Involvement
(4) Physical and Mental Health
(5) Political Awareness and Involvement
The sixth floral-graph is a replica of Delta Sigma Theta sorority’s Service Medallion.
The rear of the float is a floral representation of Downing Hall at Howard University where the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was founded in 1913 by 22 collegiate women. The first public act performed by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority founders was their participation in the Women’s Suffrage March in Washington, D.C. in March 1913, just two months after Delta Sigma Theta was founded. Sculpture columns and floral urns flank the float. Gardens utilizing thousands of roses complete this magnificent floral entry.
The emphasis of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. inaugural Rose Parade float is the celebration of their 100 years of commitment to excellence and international sisterhood of more than 300,000 college-educated women. Today, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is the largest African-American Greek-lettered sorority in the world with over 1000 chapters in the United States, England, Japan, Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Republic of Korea.
FLOWERING: Golden clover seed with accents of gold and yellow strawflower petals decorate the world globe and olive leaves. Crisp white coconut flakes and sweet rice create the columns and urns with highlights of silky cornhusk. Floral bowls overflow with an abundance of elegant creations featuring crimson and cream, the colors of Delta Sigma Theta. Crème de la Cream and Rouge Baiser roses intermixed with phalaenopsis orchids, Casablanca lilies, euphorbia, hydrangea, bells of Ireland and viburnum are also featured.
Floral-graphs depicting Delta’s Five-Point Thrust are artistically crafted in an array of colors and floral materials including seeds, spices, berries and flower petals. Included are blue, hot pink and purple sinuate stattice, red ilex berry, orange and peach lentil beans, yellow and gold strawflower petals, green parsley flakes and crushed manzanita leaves, black onion and chive seeds, brown and gold flax seed, gray poppy seed and cream sesame seed. The Howard University Downing Hall building has been crafted from dehydrated red pepper and carrot flakes to create the brick work with paprika spice used for color variations. Light lettuce seed has been used to create the cement foundation walls, steps and columns.
Over 15,000 roses, including red Black Magic and Freedom, create the lush garden beds running throughout the float.
Floral bowls overflow with an abundance of elegant creations featuring crimson and cream, the colors of Delta Sigma Theta. Crème de la Cream and Rouge Baiser roses intermixed with phalaenopsis orchids, Casablanca lilies, euphorbia, hydrangea, bells of Ireland and viburnum are also featured.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. A sisterhood of more than 300,000 college educated women, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has over 900 chapters located in the United States, England, Japan, Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Republic of Korea.
The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization's Five Point Programmatic Thrust: · Economic Development · Educational Development · International Awareness and Involvement · Physical and Mental Health · Political Awareness and Involvement Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1913 by 22 students at Howard University. These young women wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence; to provide scholarships; to provide support to the underserved; educate and stimulate participation in the establishment of positive public policy; and to highlight issues and provide solutions for problems in their communities.
The organizational structure and governance of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is invested in the Grand Chapter, which meets in National Convention biennially. Regional Conferences are held in the seven geographic regions of the organization during non-convention years. In the interim, the Executive Board, consisting of elected and appointed members, acts to establish and implement policies, as needed. A paid professional staff, under the leadership of the Executive Director, operates the National Headquarters office in Washington, D.C. No part of the net income or contributions of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. are utilized to the benefit of, or is distributed to members, officers or other private persons except as authorized by the Sorority to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered or to make payments in furtherance of its purposes. As a non-profit organization, no part of the Sorority's activities shall be for propaganda purposes or otherwise attempting to influence legislation in a lobbying role. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. conducts all of its activities in accordance with the rules that govern organizations whose tax status is 501(c)(7).
Sorority members, some traveling from around the world, have joined together to decorate their centennial float.
FLOAT RIDERS: National President from New Orleans, LA National Executive Officers including Regional Officers and National Executive Board Members. Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. representing seven regions: Central, Eastern, Farwest, Midwest, South Atlantic, Southern and South West.
12 float riders including the national president, national executive committee and 7 past Presidents of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. 100 out-walkers flank the sides of the float represent Delta Sigma Theta’s 100 years of public service. 22 out-walkers walk in stride in honor of Delta Sigma Theta’s 22 Founders.
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