Gluing Together the Tournament of Roses

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AZUSA, CA– On Saturday, December 10, BPHS students from National Honor Society (NHS) volunteered to help with Rose Float decorating from 7 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.

“I really enjoyed helping with the Rose Parade floats,” said Jesus Aguilar, BPHS senior. “It was my first time doing anything like it, and I had a lot of fun with it. It is something that I would like to do again.”

These are the same floats that will be showcased on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, on live television. Every year a month before the big day, volunteers from multiple organizations and clubs come together to help out. The Artistic Entertainment Services warehouse in Azusa is one of the many decorating places.

The tasks of the volunteers typically include cutting flowers, sticking seeds on the floats, separating powder from chalk, and cleaning flower vials. The first few days of decorating are dry days, consisting of tasks that don’t usually get volunteers dirty. Wet days, gluing and painting the finishing touches, are closer to the end of the month.

Volunteering shifts can extend from 8 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. or from 4 P.M. to midnight. Everyone works for 8 hours, but they do receive a lunch break.

“Putting on the decorations was way better than cutting flowers. Even though it was kind of risky, that’s what made it really cool,” Jesus explained. “It was really exciting being part of a process that takes a lot of time and effort and includes a lot of people. What makes it awesome is that all of our hard work will be on display in the Rose Parade where thousands of people will be able to watch it.”

The volunteers look forward to helping every year. Because the Rose Parade happens only once a year, everyone wants to be a part of it, knowing that their work is beneficial.

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