Tournament of Roses

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Float preparation at Fiesta Floats

A couple of weeks ago I headed out to Fiesta Floats in Irwindale, CA to take some photos of the float being entered in the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade by the City of Torrance. Fiesta Floats creates some of the best floats in the Tournament of Roses and has won the Sweepstakes Award for the last 19 years. That is pretty impressive. As it turned out, Kaiser Permanente was having a family day there, so the warehouse was pretty packed and it made it difficult to get a lot of shots. I went back this morning to see what kind of progress had been made.

Well, it was pretty obvious that they had been busy at Fiesta Parade Floats, because there were several new floats there. It did not look like a lot of work had been done on the Torrance or Kaiser floats; but I don’t know that they really needed much beyond the application of the flowers. To that end, all of the floats had scaffolding around them so that the volunteers and workers could apply the flowers and seeds. Unfortunately, that took away from my ability to photograph the floats. Oh well; it is what it is. They start decorating on December 26 and unless I can arrange a pass I will not be able to get any more preparation shots.

The Torrance float is funded by donations to the Torrance Rose Float Association (TRFA). The Torrance Rose Float Association is a non-profit so they rely entirely on donations. For more details on how you can help, please visit the Torrance Rose Float Association website. Continue reading

Building Rose Parade floats at Fiesta Floats

Saturday, I headed out to Irwindale, CA to visit Fiesta Floats so I could take some photos of the building of the City of Torrance entry to the 2013 Rose Parade. As it turned out, Kaiser Permanente was having a Family Day for friends and family of Kaiser Permanente employees so there was a lot more going on than I expected. The Kaiser Permanente float was being showcased and they had magicians, crafts and games for the kids. They even let people help prepare things for the actual decorating of the float.

The City of Torrance float is coming along nicely, and decorating will be getting started within the next week or so (I would guess). The city no longer sponsors the Rose Parade entry, so it is funded by donations to the Torrance Rose Float Association (TRFA). The Torrance Rose Float Association is a non-profit so they rely entirely on donations. For more details on how you can help, please visit their website. Continue reading

The floats of the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade

These photos are exclusively of the floats in the 123rd Annual Tournament of Roses Parade. I had attempted to put all the photos from the event in one gallery, but that just made it too difficult for the viewer to sort through. As a result I now have two galleries; this one with all the floats and my previous Rose Parade blog entry which contains photos of the marching bands, drill teams, equestrian units and some people watching.

Like the prior Rose Parade gallery, since there are so many photos, you might find it easier to use the slideshow function and let it run on auto-pilot. There is even a full screen option, which I would recommend using as the photos are of high quality. It will be worth it. Continue reading

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