How to Volunteer to Decorate Rose Parade Floats

Published : Monday, December 10, 2018 | 6:04 AM

Image courtesy Pasadena Tournament of Roses

There’s a long list of organizations and community associations you can connect with if you’re looking for opportunities to volunteer to decorate Rose Parade floats.

The Tournament of Roses Association said volunteers can select from a number of commercial float builders and self-built float organizations to volunteer in – and there is still plenty of time.

Some of these builders started constructing their floats weeks ago, but most of the nitty-gritty work usually is done on the last week before the Rose Parade, or the last week of December. This is when experienced professionals and hard-working volunteers apply a variety of seeds, bark, fruits and vegetables, grasses and flowers to the floats during the final stages of preparation.

Among the commercial float builders you can volunteer with are Artistic Entertainment Services in Azusa, Fiesta Parade Floats in Irwindale, and Phoenix Decorating Company, also in Irwindale.

These organizations and cities also construct and decorate their own floats for the Rose Parade: Burbank Tournament of Roses Association, Cal Poly Universities in Pomona and in San Luis Obispo, Downey Rose Float Association, La Canada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association, Sierra Madre Rose Float Association, and South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association.

At Burbank, the float is built and decorated at the Burbank Water and Power yard at 123 W. Olive Avenue. Volunteers may sign up through www.burbankrosefloat.com/volunteer_info.html.

Burbank is also open for Float Watch volunteers and need four people per day shift. To sign up for Float Watch, visit

www.signupgenius.com/go/70a084ea9af2ea0fe3-2019.

Cal Poly Universities in Pomona and San Luis Obispo sets aside a Decoration Week, December 26 through 30, for volunteers to come and help build their float at the Rosemont Pavilion, at 700 Seco Street in Pasadena. Cal Poly Universities have consistently joined the Rose Parade since 1949. Their program is one of the longest consecutive running self-built entries in the parade.

To sign up to volunteer, visit www.rosefloat.org/decorations-week or call (909) 869-3204. You may also email jmcdowell@cpp.edu.

At Downey, the Downey Rose Float Association welcomes both old-time volunteers and newcomers to Deco Week, December 26 to 30, to help add flowers, seeds, and other materials to turn their float into a work of art. Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Downey Rose Float Barn, located at 13030 Erickson Drive.

To volunteer, visit www.downeyrose.org/decorating.

La Cañada Flintridge offers a host of different volunteer positions for anyone wanting to make a mark in the Rose Parade by helping their 41st float entry, “Three Frog Night.” The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association needs decorators, flower sales volunteers, docents, “floatique” sales people, front desk and site set-up staff.

Their Float Decoration Site is located under the 210 Freeway overpass bridge at the corner of 4510 Hampton Road and Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada Flintridge.

For more information or to sign up, visit www.lcftra.org/deco_signup_2018.php.

At Sierra Madre, the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association needs volunteers for Deco Week, from December 26 through December 31. Their decorating site is at 587 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. in Sierra Madre. To know more about volunteer guidelines and to sign up, visit www.smrosefloat.org/get-involved/volunteer.

In South Pasadena, volunteers have been helping build the core of the South Pasadena float since June, but more will be needed on Deco Week, December 26 to 30, at the float site located at 435 Fair Oaks Avenue. Volunteers, however, will need to sign up on site since online volunteer reservations were up to December 1 only.

For more information, visit www.sptor.org/volunteer.html.

To see a full list of float builders and self-build float associations that accept volunteers, visit www.tournamentofroses.com/events/float-decoration-volunteer.

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