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Cold snap keeps Rose Parade flowers fresh

December 29, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Chilly weather and a slowing economy have not dampened preparations for the 120th Rose Parade.The recent cold weather snap "actually was very helpful" in keeping the flowers fresh, said William Ostedt, a publicist involved in Rain Bird's float entry.

"You want the flowers to stay chilled so they look fresh in time for the parade," said Ostedt, who is working on his ninth Rose Parade.

He said the number of volunteers adorning the floats with flowers this year was similar to parades past.

Thousands of volunteers -- some working long into the night -- are expected to turn out this week to ready the floats for their Jan. 1 close-up.

Meanwhile, parade visitiors are beginning to arrive in Pasadena in their motor homes, parking on side streets, said Janet Pope Givens of the Pasadena Police Department.

She said pre-parade conditions in the city were typical of those in previous years. So far, the parade preparations have gone off without a hitch, and "that's the way we like it," she said.


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