Rose Parade float honors Pulse shooting victims

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A float in the Rose Parade paid tribute the victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles commissioned the float for Monday’s parade in Pasadena, California.

Foundation spokesman Ged Kenslea said the float honors the 49 people killed in the June 12 shootings.

He said it also signals the ongoing fight against “homophobia that could have contributed to this massacre.”

Three survivors of the shooting, Pulse co-owner Barbara Poma and Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan rode on the float.

Everything on the float was either made of or covered with flowers. Messages of condolence were attached to the float along with the words, “To Honor and Remember Orlando.”

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