Eastvale residents and Navy sailors Robert “Robby” Barksdale Jr., who died in 2018 after a motorcycle accident, saved 5 lives by donating organs.
Barksdale will now be among the honorees after traveling on a float in 2022 Tournament of Roses Parade on Saturday, January 1.
Several entries will represent the Inner Empire on Pasadena’s Colorado Avenue as beloved. Rose Parade back this year.
Donate Life America floating has honored organ donors, living and dead, for nearly 20 years. The entry for 2022, subject to “Courage to hope, “Will introduce 35 memorial botanical portraits, consisting of three from the Inland Empire – Barksdale, Susan Van Campen from the Grand Terrace and Kenneth “Cody” Howadanus from Norco.
Shantée Broussard, Barksdale’s mother, called her son’s portrait a “blessing and a great honor”.
“Robby was a caring person, a true giver while he was here on earth and knowing that he continues to give even when he is no longer here, is truly amazing.” said Ontario resident. “His organ donation allows five people the opportunity to fulfill their dreams and do things Robby would never have the opportunity to do.”
Marching bands, equestrian groups, and other entries with Inland representation include, in order:
- Ninth in line: Honorary Band Bands of America, marching for the fifth time, has students across the country selected through the audition. Local musicians include:
- Drum expert Justin Bautista, from Diamond Ranch High School in Pomona
- Andrew Segura, from Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, plays the trumpet
- Alvin Shuh, from Diamond Ranch High School in Pomona, plays the trumpet
- Avelina Carrillo, from Canyon Springs High School in the Moreno Valley, on percussion/cymbals
- Cecilia Rueda, from Vista Murrieta High School in Murrieta, on percussion/cymbals
- Day 17: The US Marines’ Mounted Color Guard, from Barstow. They will play with the West Coast Synthetic Band of the Young Marines and the United States Marine Corps.
- Day 20: Give away the “Courage to Hope” Life swimming buoy, which will honor the three Inland Empire residents upon completion.
- 42nd: Temecula Valley Knights Association back for its second occurrence. A group of men and women representing ranchers and motorists from Temecula Valley Wine Country. Members of the Temecula Cowgirl Color Guard Parade & Drill Team will be part of the train. Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco will be accompanying Temecula deputies and officials.
- 82nd: The Popular Cal Poly universities will represent both state-run polytechnics, Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Crafted by students, the 2022 “Stargazers” float is a reimagined scene from Mother Goose’s classic kindergarten tune, “Hey, Diddle, Diddle.” The entry will mark the school’s 73 years in the parade.
- 83rd: The Drilling Team Norco Cowgirls Rodeo, will appear for the eighth time. Founded in 2008, Cowgirls specializes in high-speed rodeo performances and tricks. Most of the 12 riders are from Norco, known as Horsetown, USA.
133rd Rose Parade can be watched at 8 a.m., Saturday, January 1, on KTLA, Univision, ABC, NBC, Hallmark Channel, and RFD-TV.
https://www.sbsun.com/2021/12/29/these-inland-empire-residents-groups-will-be-in-2022-rose-parade/ These Inland Empire residents, groups will participate in the 2022 Rose Parade – San Bernardino Sun