Day 23 – Rose Parade Floats and More

Every year millions of Americans enjoy watching the Rose Parade from their living rooms. Heck I’m one of them. I really loved this tradition when we lived in Ohio because with the time change it is on pretty late.

Rose Parade Floats. The only way to see the floats isn't going to the parade, you can also see the floats while they are being built

The floats are amazing to look at from the television, but even cooler to see in person. Everything on the floats is organic product ranging from oatmeal, rice, ground up flowers and every type of flower you can imagine.


My husband and I were debating on going to the Rose Parade this year since we live in the Los Angeles area, but with two small kids and the hotels already sold out we decided maybe we would go next year. The boys will be older and it will be our last year here. We plan on buying tickets in lieu of camping out over night to grab our seat.


Pre-Rose Parade Activities

The first year we lived in LA we went to see the floats as they were being built. It was a really fun event and I’m glad we went.

There are a number of spots to check out the floats. When we went, we choose to go to the Rose Bowl Stadium. The reason we choose this spot was that there are two tents for viewing within walking distance, free parking, a number of vendors selling Rose Parade souvenirs, yummy treats and more.

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After waiting in a short line, we entered the tent where the Rose Parade floats were being built. The first thing we saw was the opening floats, followed by cars that would be driven during the parade. The cars were decked out with flower arrangement and they smelled amazing.  The smell was a beautiful aroma that made the sight even more dramatic. Each car had a placard telling who would be riding in it and who donated it.

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Rose Parade Floats

The first actual Rose Parade float we saw was the Cal Poly float. The volunteers were busy decorating, with scaffolding surrounding the huge float and people running this way and that. We learned from one of the people on the team told us the float process takes an entire year. It begins with design in January, construction beginning in May and they had started actually decorating the a few days before New Year’s. There were two other floats located inside the tent. They were beautiful and amazing. The detail that goes into creating these floats is amazing.

We missed out on going to see the Rose Parade floats this past year with the arrival of our second son. And even though we are not planning on going to the parade, we might end up going to see the floats parked on the street after the parade. I would love to go and see the floats up close after they are finished.

This post is day 23 in my 31 Days in Southern California series. Check out the whole series here.

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