Linda Varnes with Pastor Matt as Jesus, standing in front of the float.

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The New Year’s Day Rose Parade featured a float that was designed in part by a Nampa woman who’s been helping with the Lutheran Hour Ministries float for 38 years.

Linda Varnes, an art instructor at Treasure Valley Community College, said a local icon inspired her design for this year’s float, entitled “Jesus Teaches.” The float features a cross on a high cliff, similar to the cross at Table Rock, overlooking Boise. A waterfall flows and forest animals watch as Jesus encourages 12 modern day disciples with a message of Good News. Trail markers note words of joy, peace, love, hope and kindness. The Idaho-inspired setting was part of the design submitted by Varnes.

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