Running for 126 years, the Rose Parade attracts hundreds of thousands of people to Pasadena.
About 5,000 volunteers help make the festive celebration a spectacle worthy of national TV.
"It starts as just a frame and all of the sudden we put flowers on we put seeds on and it starts to come to life," volunteer Elise Brunnick said.
She and her thousands of colleagues meticulously check and check again each unique float.
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Some have a message, others honor lives that have been lost, stil others advertise brands and products.
The beauty and creativity of visions come alive thanks to those that stand behind the scene and work throughout the night.
"I come in the morning and I don't leave till the end of the evening cause I wanna see how much it develops every day," said Brunnick.
The volunteers have an early curtain on Thursday: Pre-parade activities will start at around 7:45 a.m. on Thursday. The parade steps off at 8 a.m.