After an entire lifetime of living in Los Angeles, I have never decorated a rose parade float. It's so important in Pasadena that you would think the world revolved around it. In fact, immediately after Christmas, the only news you would see on television is the concern for these floats. What will happen if it rains? Will they finish the floats on time??
It did rain, and I'm assuming the floats were finished on time as always.
Here's one of the floats in our pavilion on New Years Eve Day.
Lettie and I volunteered to decorate floats bright and early on NYE. It was an 8 hour shift with a chicken lunch.
Our float was Jack and the Rose Stalk.
We wanted to install the whole live flowers, and to keep things interesting we volunteered to climb the scaffolding. A great idea for someone with vertigo right? But it seemed like more fun, but for some reason because we expressed interest in decorating with the whole live flowers we were the only people on the team who ended up not doing it.
The red rose in the center was the first of our projects. It was a big old pain. We spend our day petaling, which consists of cutting a flower up and gluing the petals to the float. Very tedious work. While hanging from scaffolding.
The City of Pasadena float.
I would have liked to decorate this guy.
We saw a lot of people while we were there. Al Roker, James Denton from Desperate Housewives, and here's Terri Hatcher taking a picture of the floats.
James Denton's butt.
These floats are designed with orginality and grandeur in mind, not the backs of the volunteers.
The flower I spent the bulk of the day working on, and with the help of several others it still wasn't finished when I left.
Our box of supplies.
Just to give you an idea of how on top of each other we were, I am sitting on the scaffolding and here is Lettie below me. You can see my shoe.
Covered in glue and other muck, and as we exited we got soaked... we had to run home and get pretty before midnight rolled around!