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Oceanside resident Celine Showman, CPR survivor and float rider, with her daughter Megan stands in front of the Keep the Beat Alive float presented by Union Bank and the American Heart Association (AHA). -Courtesy photo.

‘Keep the Beat Alive’ Float Wins Judge’s Special Trophy at 2017 Rose Parade

Pasadena CA— Celine Showman, of Oceanside, joined thirteen Heart Heroes on the float ‘Keep the Beat Alive in the 2017’in the Rose Parade® presented by Honda. The premier float, which won the Judge’s Special Trophy for the most spectacular showmanship and dramatic presentation, featured youths who saved lives by administering CPR, as well as the people they saved, and honored the passage of a new California law that will provide CPR training to thousands of high school students each year.

Celine survived a cardiac arrest when three Navy Corpsmen home from Iraq administered CPR. You can read Celine’s story [here]

The people who rode with Celine on the Union Bank and American Heart Association’s Keep the Beat Alive float came from three different Western states and range in age from 11 to 75 years. They stood on the float’s 55-foot long floral piano keyboard and among its four eight-foot-tall floral drums and a nine-foot heart-shaped DJ booth. The musical elements represent the beat of the heart and the correct compression rate for CPR administration — a rhythm of 100 beats per minute.