Michelle Levy applies ground rice to the Kiwanis International's float titled 'Children's Dreams'. About 300 volunteers at any given time are working on seven different floats at Pasadena's Phoenix Rosemont Pavilion.
Viewers around the world can tune in on New Year's Day and enjoy Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses parade. But those in the Southland can get hands-on with the colorful floats. This week is your last chance to sign on as a float volunteer.
Rain or shine, the 122nd Rose Parade happens on Saturday. Because the float barns are closed on New Year's Eve, that leaves the pros and volunteers until Thursday night to add the final touches: fruit, bark, and flower petals to the motorized works of art. This year’s parade theme is “Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories.”
This year's Grand Marshal is Food Network's Southern cooking superstar Paula Deen. She'll lead the procession before a worldwide television and internet audience.
About 50 floats will roll along Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard in this year's event. They include the Donate Life float, "Seize the Day" for Southland Families of Organ Donors. Volunteering opportunities on this project are limited to families who’ve either donated or received organs.
Other organizations such as Rotary International organize float committees and take all comers. Volunteers have to be at least 13-years-old. Details are at the Tournament of Roses website.