Courtesy South Pasadena Tournament of Roses
Volunteers apply flowers to decorative elements of a float by the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses
It's Deco Week, those frenzied last days between Christmas and New Year's Day when volunteers apply flowers, seeds, leaves and bark to 41 Rose Parade floats. It's also a good time to bring your family to see them in action.
To see the most floats at one time, check out the decorating tents near the Rose Bowl and the Rose Palace on Raymond Avenue in Pasadena. Viewing starts Friday, admission is $10 and be prepared for crowds.
For more of a small-town hands-on experience, check out the groups that build their own floats. They welcome visitors starting the day after Christmas.
Our map below has locations and details.
Some tips to follow if you're hankering to help decorate a float:
- Take warm clothes and some snacks.
- Observe safety precautions, you'll be working around scaffolding, glue, blenders, scissors and other sharp objects. Bring safety glasses if you have them.
- Check on float builders' supervision requirements for minors beforehand.
- Expect to sign various waivers and medical forms before being allowed to work on a float
You'll find all the floats up-close and fully draped in flowers at the end of the parade on Sierra Madre Blvd. on New Year's Day and January 2nd.
It costs few bucks to enter the post-parade viewing areas, but if you toe the curb on Orange Grove, Colorado and Sierra Madre boulevards early on New Year's Day, you can enjoy them for free.