Rose Parade Float Decorating: Behind the Scenes

Volunteers are hard at petal-placing work at places like the Phoenix Decorating Company, preparing for the 126th annual Rose Parade.

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Volunteers prepared Rose Parade floats at Phoenix Decorating Company in Pasadena on Saturday, Dec. 27.
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Volunteers prepared Rose Parade floats at Phoenix Decorating Company in Pasadena on Saturday, Dec. 27.
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The Raymond Avenue float builders are behind several of the parade's splashy entries.
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Sorting and preparing the natural material that covers the floats takes considerable time and effort.
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Any text that appears on a float takes a little extra TLC.
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A bird, in close-up, reveals the artistry behind the petal and seed placement.
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City of Hope, City of Los Angeles, and Farmers Insurance are three of the 2015 floats constructed and decorated by Phoenix Decorating Company.
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Landmarks regularly appear on Colorado Boulevard on New Year's Day.
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Sometimes natural covering -- petals and such -- cover natural themes, such as watermelons. It's a meta kind of day.
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Float decorating is very much a team process.
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Phoenix Decorating Company has been in the float creation business since 1956. Have you seen one of the company's floats? If you've ever watched a Rose Parade, you have.
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Camaraderie and voluntarism is key to the decorating push.
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Even Los Angeles favorites can be seen on the floats. All of the floats will make their fancy, flowery debut on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 in the Rose Parade.
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