Two days ago I had the pleasure of helping decorate one of the floats that will be in the Pasadena 2011 Tournament of Roses parade. It was such a treat to be a part of this huge endeavor that takes place once every year. If you have been living under a rock, it is one of the most famous parades viewed by millions across the world on the first day of the year. Each of the many floats the parade is graced with is covered with roses, various flowers, orchids, grains, beans, tree barks, and many other natural materials.
As you can imagine, lots of glue is used to help the “ingredients” stick to the many pieces of each float. There are many volunteers who work in various stations pasitng, cutting flower petals, trimming leaves from branches, prepping flower buds and so forth. Residents of cities that have a float usually are able to apply to be one of the many volunteers that are needed to help decorate. The floats are housed in several warehouses near the city of Pasadena.
I was lucky to be at the Fiesta Parade Floats warehouse where renowned float designer, Raul Rodriguez’s floats are being decorated. The day that I was there, Rodriguez was walking and speaking with one of the tour groups that had visited that evening. Sadly, my hands were covered in glue and I couldn’t snap a picture of him.
It was a great pleasure to be part of something I have admired all my life. My family and I have seen the parade live twice. The first time was in 2000. That was an amazing opportunity because so many people were afraid of the Y2K bug and had canceled their plans to sit on the stands that line the parade route. [Remember that *bug*? LOL!!] Lucky me, I was given tickets to take my family by my then employer who had a siting stand in front of their building. The second time was two years ago, my guys and I hoped on a local bus from home to see the floats. We are fortunate enough to live close to the parade route so the ride was quick and easy.
*The above review on this post is unbiased. I have not received monetary compensation to write this review, although I may have received a party favor that may or may not have been part of this review.