It's crunch time for Sierra Madre Rose Float Association volunteers who are busy fluffing and gluing more than 30,000 flowers to its colorful creation.
“I get emails every year from people all over the country," said volunteer coordinator Bonnie Colcher. "Mostly in the country — a couple from out of the country — saying decorating a rose float is on my bucket list and how can I make it happen?”
Its float is among six remaining self-built ones that will roll down the streets of Pasadena on New Year's Day at the 127th Rose Parade. The theme this year is "Find Your Adventure" as a centennial celebration of the U.S. National Park Service.
Sierra Madre will be "Rollin' on the River." It features river-rafting flamingos and will be covered in everything from cranberry seeds to sushi rice.
Wonder what it takes to pull off such an elaborate design? We stopped by its warehouse to find out.
More than 6,000 roses are trimmed before being put into vials of water.
Volunteer Teresa Bingham says members of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses will stop by on Thursday to make sure everything is in working order. In this GIF, she individually places beans onto a Sierra Madre sign that will top the float.
Tons of volunteers on Tuesday were fluffing and removing stems from carnations. The float will be covered in more than 18,000 of them.
The finishing touches: All those carnations must be glued to the larger-than-life flamingos.
It's not just flowers. Volunteers paint glue and sprinkle lentils, seeds and rice onto the float to add detail.
The decorating in Sierra Madre will run through New Year's Eve. You can sign up online to lend a hand. Here's a full rundown of other floats and volunteer spots.