The Rose Parade is a great experience, especially if you show up early in the week. You can see the floats at their naked best and watch them progress from day to day. The last day when the flowers are added just changes everything. We are at the Rose Palace all this week, there are nine floats in residence. Many of them so completely elaborate you have to applaud the designers. The Lion’s Club float is an architectural wonder, it represents everything from the Sydney Opera House to the Eiffel Tower. The Nurse’s Float (a new one this year) is beautiful with animals of all forms on it. The mama deer is my favorite, although Haley was partial to the turtles, big surprise there. And there is a “Love Float” that includes a wedding to happen, we can’t wait to see the dress rehearsal and how the bride gets up and down the ladder.
There are thousands of tasks to do, all of a small nature, every little task adds to the bigger picture. At the Rose Palace, there are no small tasks, just small people. We spent the first half of our night making 2” diameter curlicues from dried corn silk. These curlicues were then added to a giant size teddy bear to form his face. I’ve added photos so you can see the progression. That’s kind of how everything works around here. You start with a simple material, and then you chop it, or trim it, or cut it or twirl it. Then you glue it to a part of the float. Every part of the float that is visible must be covered with a natural material. It’s really very impressive, I can’t wait to go back today.