|Photo from tournamentofroses.com|
The process to create these breathtaking floats starts a year in advance with the theme--which was "Making a Difference." All float designs must be approved by the tournament committee to assure that each is unique. Construction, however, is done from March to December, with the average float taking four months to complete. There are four professional builders that create the majority of the floats. The floats are tested to ensure they are mechanically and structurally sound.
|Float assembly leading up to the main event (photo from tripsavvy.com)|
Shirley sent me a bunch of photos and details about how they create these beautiful structures. With dozens of other volunteers, Shirley did her share of assembly and flower placement! She also had the pleasure to meet Dr. Tommy Cairns, a California Master Gardener and Rosarian, who gave a lecture on the roses they use on the floats.
|Shirley with Dr. Tommy Cairns, Rosarian and fellow Master Gardener|
|This purple flower was made from statice flower dust and great northern beans.|
|UPS Store float in the 130th Tournament of Roses|
|A friendly teddy bear--made entirely from plant material.|
|Singing frogs delight!|
|Shirley stripping off leaves from the yellow roses.|
|Thousands are roses are used for parade floats each year.|