South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade Float
Yesterday, I went to check out progress for the city of South Pasadena’s float entry in the 128th annual Tournament of Roses Parade. You can see my previous report by clicking here for the post. The float site is in and around a tent adjacent to the South Pasadena War Memorial Building at 435 Fair Oaks Avenue. South Pasadena has the oldest self-built float in the parade(and one of only six self-built floats in the parade out of 40 entries this year).
This is an all-volunteer effort by South Pas which is known for its small town appeal despite being approximately six miles from Downtown Los Angeles. This year’s float is entitled “Never Give Up” and is a part of the overall parade theme “Echoes of Success”. As is the custom here, South Pasadena’s entry was chosen as part of a city-wide contest.
There was quite a bit more activity than on my previous visit. Fresh flowers had been delivered and thanks(once again) to Bristol Farms were being kept fresh in refrigerated trailers. According to the organization’s Facebook fan page this year’s entry has about 85% or more of the surface area covered with fresh flowers. The other percentage is comprised of dry decorating(bark and seeds). This means a lot of last minute placement of flowers in vials to
ensure that fresh appearance as hundreds of thousands line the streets and the world(via television) tunes in to watch the float head down Colorado Boulevard.
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I plan to stop back later to take some additional photos and provide progress reports leading up to parade day.
Remember the Tournament of Roses has a Never on Sunday policy so this year’s parade and Rose Bowl football game will be held on Monday, January 2, 2017.
- Top(Feature Photo) is the front of the float which is a turtle/tortoise.
- Second Photo is the rabbit/hare in a hammock which will be placed between two trees at the rear of the float.
- Third Photo shows some of the flowers that will be used on the float.
Here's to fun times watching the 128th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade. If you have a question regarding South Pasadena real estate contact me at 818.516.4393 cell.
Published: December 27, 2016
South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade Float Progress Report