Old, cynical Pasadenan that I am, every year I think to myself, “Oh, the parade. Ho hum.” Then it gets to be the 28th or 29th of December, and I feel the anticipation in the air.
I find myself on south Raymond Avenue, where a parking spot has miraculously opened up. In true Harriet the Spy fashion, within seconds I’m up close and personal observing parade floats under construction.
May I present to you a special Rose Parade…
It takes a lot of work to make a Rose Parade float.
Young and old get in on the action.
In order to make
…you need tools.
The blender grinds up the seeds.
There’s a Seed Chart to help keep things straight.
Let’s have a closer look…
All kinds of plants are used.
The flowers are prepped, and then they wait to be placed.
Float decorators at work…
Some places are difficult to reach…
Things begin to take shape.
The float designers and builders are truly