Volunteers Help Prepare Floats for the 127th Annual Rose Parade
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News December 27, 2016
Find Your Adventure,' the theme of the 127th Rose Parade, being held on New Year's Day in downtown Pasadena. This past Sunday thousands of volunteers, young and old, joined artists on to help decorate floats for the upcoming Parade.
Fiesta Parade Floats in Irwindale, California, where 11 of the 48 floats are being constructed, hosted a children and family-oriented environment. Many of these volunteers have been participating for years, and on Sunday, they had the chance to affix thousands of flowers and floral arrangements.
“Everything on the float has to be natural plant material we have two floats actually one is 100% california certified cut flowers and another is 85% so a lot of flowering comes from all over the world” said Stefian Pollck of Pollack PR Marketing Group.
But, what makes this building process so special are the many volunteers who take the time out of their busy schedules to come together each year to reunite with their "families," sometimes over decades, to create their unique pieces of art.
“Anytime Leslie has a new grand baby or when Bob gets published we all know about it Leslie goes on vacation we know about it. The morning of the 26th the day after christmas we are here” says one volunteer who is a labor delivery nurse.
Artists are working around the clock in anticipation for the parade on Friday- a task that requires over 10,000 cumulative hours for completion, organizers say. Each of the floats are worth an estimated $250,000.
The lineup includes floats for Miracle-Gro, Kaiser Permanente, city of Torrance, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Kiehl's Since 1851, Northwestern Mutual, The Bachelor, the Royal Court and Dole Packaged Foods.