Want to Decorate Rose Parade Floats? Here’s What You Need to Know!

Published on Dec 25, 2022


Various groups are calling for volunteers who will help decorate their  Rose Parade floats for the upcoming 134th parade. 

Heidi Hoff, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for Artistic Entertainment Services, one of three corporate official float builders for the Rose Parade, said that they are calling for volunteers. 

Artistic Entertainment Services is building 10 floats that will be part of the parade. 

“We love to have [volunteers]. That’s how this project really gets finished is by all of the volunteers that come out and help us put the finishing touches on all of the parade floats.” 

Artistic Entertainment Services started applying the dry materials for the floats starting November. It will start applying fresh materials, including roses and orchids after Christmas. 

“Our fresh material also starts next week. So it is a process that is done by predominantly volunteers,” Hoff said. 

Volunteers who will sign up must be at least 12 years old and willing to work for about five hours, according to Hoff.

The work will include cutting, prepping, and gluing both dry material and fresh flowers to various float elements. 

“For anybody that wants to be a part of it, that’s always dreamed to be a part of it, this is one way that you can come out in your local community and help decorate and make America’s New Year’s celebration really spectacular,” said Hoff. 

To volunteer, sign up here: https://www.aescreative.com/volunteers

Fiesta Parade Floats

Fiesta Parade Floats is creating seven floats this year. Fiesta requires volunteers to be at least 12 years of age. 

Volunteers must wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty. 

“We’re doing some application to some of the dry materials, but as far as the flowers, obviously, you know, they’re very fragile and have a short lifespan once they’re cut from the field. So those won’t really start going on until the, starting on December 28th. But during the 27th and 28th, we’ll be decorating using some of the other, what we call dry materials – seeds, barks, wild grasses, things that aren’t perishable like a flower,” Fiesta Parade Floats President Tim Estes said. 

“Just show up with an eagerness to come in and help create something that’s very special,” said Estes. 

Those who want to volunteer can visit https://fiestaparadefloats.com for more information. 

South Pasadena Tournament of Roses

South Pasadena Tournament of Roses President Brant Dunlap said their construction of floats is pretty much completed. 

“From this point on it is all about decorating,” said Dunlap. 

He said those who want to volunteer can come to the float site for first come first serve shifts. 

Volunteers must be at least 13 to work on the float itself. Children ages 8-12 will be able to volunteer in the vicinity of the float provided they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Burbank Tournament of Roses Association

Steven Edward, Vice President of Burbank Tournament of Roses Association, a non-profit organization that designs, builds and decorates the City of Burbank’s entry into the annual Rose Parade, said they are in the very early stages of decorating.

“Most of our work is in painting the float,” said Edward.

Volunteers ages 7 up are welcome to volunteer in decorating but the volunteers must be at least 14 or older to be on the float or off the ground. 

The association takes all new volunteers on a first-come, walk-in basis. The float is built and decorated at the Burbank Water and Power yard at 123 W. Olive Ave, Burbank.

Everyone must have a signed Release/Code of Conduct form before working/volunteering; under 18 must have the form signed by a parent or guardian.

Release/Code of Conduct forms are available on-site or at:  http://www.burbankrosefloat.com/release-forms.html

Phoenix Decorating Company

Meanwhile, those who want to volunteer at Phoenix Decorating Company can sign up through Kiwanis International through https://bit.ly/RoseFloatVolunteer or through Petal Pushers: https://www.petalpushers.org/

Chuck Hayes, Sponsor Relations at Phoenix Decorating Company said they are accepting volunteers who are at least 13 years old. They must be prepared to work for 8 hours each shift.

“When you arrive for your pre-scheduled shift you will be assigned to where we need you. You may be asked to cut flowers. You may be asked to decorate a certain float. We strive to make sure you have a great time and feel a sense of accomplishment when you are done,” said  Hayes.

For more information visit: https://phoenixdeco.com/volunteer/guidelines/

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