Rose Parade 2014: Float preparations underway


The 2014 Rose Parade theme is "Dreams Come True," which has the float fanatics pulling out all the stops. Forty-five float entries will participate in the event.

Thursday was day one of decorating week at Fiesta Parade Floats in Irwindale as hundreds of volunteers began the arduous task of bringing these floats to life.

"Everything is so in detail, from the rice to the oatmeal to the seeds, we made roses out of sunflower seeds - never thought of doing that, you know, it's crazy," said volunteer Demetrius Staton of Riverside.

The countdown is on as floats must be covered from top to bottom with Mother Nature's offerings.

"With all of our floats, we're talking well over a million flowers, obviously, on all 13 of our floats, some floats are heavier on the rose end as opposed to tropical flowers," said Tim Estes, president of Fiesta Parade Floats.

And whether the participants are new to the parade like the Lucy Pet Foundation or a longtime favorite like Dole, the floats all come packed with creativity.

"People are ingenious, I mean the artists who come up with the idea, it's great, it's just beyond imagination," said Karen Furman of San Antonio, Texas.

The Sierra Madre Rose Float Association is still seeking volunteers to help finish their float. The float's theme is "Catching the Big One," and will feature a flapping tail.

From canines to killer whales, bears to birds, the floats' sights and sounds will amaze and entertain. This year's Rose Parade will also feature the longest float in parade history.

Vin Scully, the legendary voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, has been tapped to be the grand marshal of the 125th Rose Parade. The 85-year-old Scully will ride in the parade, themed "Dreams Come True," and toss the coin at the start of the 100th Rose Bowl Game.

The Rose Parade will air live on Jan. 1 on ABC7 beginning at 8 a.m.

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