Up close exploration!

Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
Trip End Dec 31, 2014

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

As luck would have it our arrival in Southern California coincided with the annual Rose Bowl game & parade.  Rather than going to either event in person we chose to watch them in the comfort of our home - nothing like being able to push pause on the DVR!  We did, however, decide to make the 80 mile drive into Pasadena today to check out the floats - up close & personal!!

Design on the floats starts almost immediately after the completion of the current years parade.  They are constructed of wire and a special foam used by float makers. What makes the floats in the Rose Bowl Parade unique is that everything that is visible to the eye must be constructed of natural materials.  This includes grasses, mosses, lichens, seeds, spices, bark, leaves, flowers and of course roses!  Construction begins in March and the floats are 'road tested' several times during the course of the year.  The flowers are added to the float the night before the parade.  

After the parade and the entire next day the floats are parked and available for the public to view up close and personal.  The folks who run the parade have been doing so for years and the entire process runs liked a finally tuned machine.  We parked at the local junior college, purchased tickets ( $3 each for the shuttle, $10 each for the viewing ) jumped on the shuttle and spent a very enjoyable 3 1/2 hours taking in the floats. No need to purchase anything ahead of time!

Trust us when we say that what you see on TV does not do the floats justice.  They are truly works of art with hundreds, if not thousands, of hours invested in their creation.   We are already trying to figure out how to be here next year so we can check out the floats again.  After all, they are different every year. 

We've added quite a few pictures and trust us when we say they are just a small portion of the ones we took.  We hope you enjoy them and that they inspire you to some day make a trip to Southern California to take them in up close and personal as well!! 
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