The Rose Parade

The floats are made out of all flowers.

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The Rose Parade

Brooke Silon, Contributor

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New Year’s Day is special for many reasons and one in particular is the “The Rose Parade” also known as “The Tournament of Roses.” This spectacular parade has been going on for over 100 years and what makes this parade extra special is that all the floats are decorated using flowers.

The parade began in Pasadena, California on January 1, 1890 by the Valley Hunt Club members. The parade showcased all the beautiful flowers that Pasadena grew during its winter. Spectators watched in awe as carriages decorated in all kinds of flowers strolled down the streets. Over the years the floats have gotten bigger and more beautiful, decorated using only flowers and natural materials such as nuts, seeds, grass, leaves and wood. Some of the floats are animated with moving parts.

It takes a lot of hands to put one float together. Hundreds of volunteers come from all over the country to help put these magnificent floats together. These volunteers start decorating two weeks prior to the event. The floats aren’t the only things you’ll see during the parade. You will be dazzled by marching bands, dancers, horses, celebrities and other surprises during the parade. After the parade is over, those who have purchased special tickets can get up close to these masterpieces.

Many people will travel to Pasadena, California for New Year’s Day to see the parade. For those who can’t, turn on the Hallmark Channel at 8:00 am on January 1, 2019 and enjoy the show. You’re sure to be entertained.

 

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