Rose Parade: Volunteers working hard to put the finishing touches on the floats

PASADENA, Calif. (KABC)– With just days left before the 134th Tournament of Roses parade, it’s time for the volunteers who are still hard at work—welding, cutting and painting—to get their floats ready.

Stefan Pollack with Fiesta Parade Car says they expect around 400 volunteers a shift at their Irwindale facility, meaning thousands of people are coming through the doors this week.

“January 2 isn’t deferrable, so we’ll definitely get it done in time,” says Pollack.

The Rose Parade usually takes place on New Year’s Day, but the event has had a ‘never on Sunday’ rule since 1893, so this time it’s taking place on Monday 2nd January.

Volunteers are busy preparing a variety of organic materials — kidney beans, sesame seeds, coconut, white rice, and of course lots of flowers — to carefully and lovingly place on the floats.

More and more help is needed, so to volunteer with the swimmers, click here.

Cal Poly students collaborating from different campuses on the Rose Parade float

In Pasadena, a group of college students from two campuses hundreds of miles apart collaborate on the parade’s only student entry.

Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students are collaborating on a paper titled “Road to Reclamation.” The theme of the float expresses the idea of ​​recycling and reclaiming nature, as exemplified by a branch that one day falls to the ground but soon comes alive again as a new community of organisms make it their home.

“Road to reclamation: Road is a confirmation that this is not an instant process. You’re going to see a fallen branch one day and then you come back and then you have this amazing scene the next,” said grad student Annie Doody, who is leading the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo team.

The two schools are about 200 miles apart, but their students have found opportunities to collaborate throughout the year, meeting several times a week to plan and design the float, said Ryan Ward, Pomona’s campus team leader directs. That included the manufacturing efforts over the summer and continuing to work even if they had to study for the finals over the winter, just as the parade date was fast approaching.

The Rose Parade will be broadcast live on ABC7 on Monday 2nd January from 8am

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Laura Coffey

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