Depending on the float organization, we will work a minimum of 6 hours and a maximum of 8 hours including a lunch break. You will be standing, bending, and reaching while working on floats as directed by float organizers. Some floats will require an early morning departure, as early as 6:00 a.m., from the hotel. Please read the "Special Notes" section for more details about float decorating.
In the hotel banquet room, our daily breakfast buffet offers a rotating variety of choices including an egg dish, breakfast meat, hot/cold cereals, fruit, yogurt, assorted breads, milk, juices, coffee, tea, and water.
This is what you’ve been waiting for: experience the magic that goes into actually creating the Rose Parade® floats! We’ll transfer you to one of the "float barns" to work alongside experienced professionals and help apply materials under their guidance. Rose Parade® rules require that every inch of each float be covered with flowers or other natural materials such as fruits, vegetables, leaves, seeds, or bark. Our participation will be a significant factor since parade officials estimate that it takes 60 volunteers working 10 hours a day for 10 days to decorate just one float.
Lunch will be provided at your float decorating site. Depending on your assigned location, lunch may be a boxed lunch or a lunch provided by local service organizations for the float decorators.
Continue decorating a float/floats at your designated facility. Afterwards, we will return to the hotel.
Buffet at the hotel.
We’ll view the documentary "Here Comes the Band," which takes a look at how high school bands compete to get into the Rose Parade®. The film follows the application and selection process and the fundraising activities necessary to support their desire to participate in the ultimate parade.