Saturday, January 2, 2010

Float building, Part II

038 - Copy (3) (Jan) Our third and fourth day of building Rose Bowl Parade Floats was just as fun as the first two. It was fascinating seeing the progress from the ‘skeleton’ to the nearly fully decorated float. 059 - Copy (2) Chuck continued to work with Gretchen and her crew on the floral maches and then helped them as they began making the actual bouquets on the Lions float! They were amazing and so stunningly beautiful up close! Day 3 found me up on a scaffolding gluing mum heads on the side of the the huge calliope that was the Lions Float. The following day I was fortunate in getting to ‘petal’ on that float. Petaling involves gluing carnation petals on one by one. We are so very grateful to Gretchen for allowing us to help on her crew.

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(Chuck) Our work allowed us to frequently roam through the building and observe the process. There was always something new happening.

28December09 017Petals were cut from dried flowers and run through a blender to be used as a fine textured colorful dust to be applied to a glue backing.

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Scaffolding surrounded each float to allow access to the project. Three different kinds of adhesive glue which were transferred from five gallon pails to small squirt bottles.
28December09 124 Many thousands of long stem roses were stripped of their thorns and placed in water containers for application the next days.
30December09 053The soldier was constructed and flowered inside the building in this position. He was raised for going out the door and also lowered for an overpass on the parade route.
30December09 060 This is an actual volunteer technical expert applying individual petals to the banner.30December09 069These are actual volunteer technical experts cutting petals from red carnations

From Dee 008 These are the Actual Boomer Volunteer Technical Experts that worked for Gretchen at the 2010 Rose Parade; Bernita and Ron Poutney, Chuck and Jan Moore and Bruce and Dee Richmond. I am sure that after we report the event at Q there will be many standing in line for a chance to help Gretchen in 2011. We all appreciated the unique experience.

(Jan)When we left Yuma to begin our Rose Bowl experience, we drove over to the SKP Park Jojoba Hills near Aguanga CA and met up with Ron and Bernita. 002 After enjoying a delicious meal of ham and beans over corn bread, we went up to the clubhouse for a game of Hand and Foot. The following morning found us loading up and heading over to the LA area. The next three nights were spent at the Police2West Covina Elks. It was in a nice neighborhood and only 20 minutes from the Rose Palace. On the morning of the 30th, we moved to Mar Vista Ave in Pasadena, a half a block off of Colorado Blvd. Bruce and Dee Richmond had gotten there before us and were waiting, holding the spots we wanted along the street! So good to see them and fortunate to be so close to the parade route. We were registered with the Pasadena Police as part of the ‘Watch’ program and we’re happy to say that it was a very nice neighborhood and fairly quiet for sleeping.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a nice vicarious experience.
I'm glad you went. Love Linda

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