South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade Float Progress Report

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South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade Float

Progress Report


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 Echoes of Success Tournament of Roses 2016Pasadena 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 South Pasadena Tournament of Rosesworld(via television) tunes in to watch the float head down Colorado Boulevard.     


Are you looking for volunteer opportunities?  Click here.   

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.


Special Note:


  • 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


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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I am starting to get excited for my favorite parade. Thank you for the updates Michael.

Dec 27, 2016 07:24 AM #6
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Michael 

It's been fun reading your progress reports on this famous parade. I look forward to watching it on TV. Someday, perhaps, I'll get to enjoy it in person.


Dec 27, 2016 07:33 AM #7
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Michael Jacobs, Where will you be standing that we can see you on TV that morning?  Thanks for sharing this blog with us.


Dec 27, 2016 08:01 AM #8
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I love how you give us a behind the scenes look at the progress of the big parade.  Very fun indeed!


Dec 27, 2016 08:31 AM #9
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

It is truly amazing how much work goes into these magical floats. We'll think of you when we watch the parade. D 

Dec 27, 2016 08:52 AM #10
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Michael, I was hoping you'd post an update on the float progress. It fascinates me how much work goes into them and I appreciate that you give us VIP access to their progress.

Dec 27, 2016 11:26 AM #11
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Michael - It would be cool to watch that float come together. We built one in college, but it was a lot closer to Animal House than the Parade of Roses.

Dec 27, 2016 11:49 AM #12
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a lovely way to watch something evolve.  Thank you for the bird's eye view.  When we lived in Napa, someone bet me that I was wrong about the Never On A Sunday policy!  A

Dec 27, 2016 01:05 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Michael- the Tournament of Roses Parade has been a favorite of mine! You are so fortunate to be close enough to see everything coming together.  Can't wait for more photos. 

Dec 27, 2016 01:16 PM #14
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Too bad it's not on Sunday when most people will be home to enjoy it. Just another Monday for us....we will both be working.

Dec 27, 2016 02:19 PM #15
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Michael.  I can't imagine all the hard work that these volunteers must do to get this float ready for the weekend.

Dec 27, 2016 04:43 PM #16
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Michael, we're so lucky to have you to give us updates on the progress. This is my favorite parades to watch. I really like this year's theme.

Dec 27, 2016 06:53 PM #17
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Michael Jacobs , From what I've seen on TV, the parade must be that much more spectacular in person.  It would be fun to watch one being prepared for the parade.

Dec 27, 2016 07:46 PM #18
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


It's all hands on desk to finish the Rose Bowl Parade on time.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 27, 2016 08:15 PM #19
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Gosh, Bristol Farms has been around forever, it seems. I remember that name from when I lived in Newport Beach in the 1970s-1980s.

Dec 28, 2016 09:37 AM #20
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents -- I just checked their website and it looks as if the first store in 1982 in Rolling Hills and South Pasadena in 1986(although it seems as if it has been here longer).   Newport Beach opened in the 1990s.  

It was certainly a unique store when it opened and remains a popular place although there's a lot more competition now.   

Dec 28, 2016 09:46 AM #21
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

It takes lots of volunteers, effort and resources to pull such a fete off. I will be looking for this special float on parade Monday.

Dec 28, 2016 12:41 PM #22
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Michael, I love this post and the progress reports. It make the Parade come alive to us not located locally.  I have been there before, but only as a child!

Dec 29, 2016 12:22 PM #23
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Thank you for your comments.  

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