Last week we decided since we are living in LA we should take the opportunity to see some of the sights nearby. The first thing we decided to do was go to one of the Rose Parade decorating sights to see some of this years floats in mid construction. I was really excited about going to see the floats, I had heard they were beautiful to look at, but even more amazing in person. Next year, we are hoping to either go to the parade or visit the floats after the parade or maybe both.
We saw three floats being built, 3 cars decked out with an array of flower arrangements that would be driven during the parade for the Grand Marshall, President and someone else important. My favorite float was the Cal Poly float. It was the most fun because they had California flower farmers and extra volunteers who gave information about what the float was made up of and answered any questions we had. When I was watching the parade the announcer mention the Cal Poly float is the only float to use 80% California flowers. The Cal Poly float is also pretty spectacular because it is built by students and is made in two parts (at each campus) and then finally brought together for construction and decorating. They started adding flowers to the constructed floats on Friday (we visited on Tuesday) there was still a lot of work to be done.
The detail that goes into creating these floats is crazy. I almost wonder how they get them done in time for the parade each year. While we were there we saw people adding flowers one by one, which was expected, but I also saw one volunteer adding beans one by one to the outside of a piece that was already lined with leaves to create a leaf. The detail was amazing. The beauty on your television screen doesn’t allow you to see all the beauty and time that goes into creating each float.
If you ever get a chance to visit LA around New Years make sure you take time out of your schedule to check out one of the many events connected with the Rose Parade. Check out more details here.