Saturday, December 31, 2011
Getting Ready For The Parade Part II
It is 9:30 in the morning and already chaos. I especially like the "Glue Bar" where you belly up to get your mix of glue. See those gentlemen with the red ties? Those are Tournament of Roses officials. I believe (don't quote me) they volunteer. You start out directing traffic or some other lowly task the first year and slowly work your way up the responsibility chain.
The decorating is all done by volunteers. I volunteered one year. Spent a day filling little tubes with a mix of water and seven up. And then cutting purple flower petals into teeny pieces the size of a centimeter.
I think local high schools give credit or something for volunteering (again, don't quote me). When I went for my day of volunteering, the crew boss was a high school senior who'd been doing it for "years"!
This is the City of LA float
This gives you a better perspective of tall the floats are. (I think this is the Lutheran Float)
These ladies are in a lift.
City of Glendale Float
Look at how carefully each flower is selected and prepared to be glued onto the float.
This brave person had to climb onto the Elephant to get into the hard to reach places to decorate.
Labels: Rose Parade