Visit the Floats after The Rose Parade

Visiting the floats after the Tournament of Roses Parade is always a fun activity for our family. we try to go every year. i am always surprised that the kiddies enjoy it as much as they do every time we go. and this year they are very excited since they got to help decorate the Dole float this year.

So if you have some time today or tomorrow, try going up to Pasadena and checking out the parade floats. one of the best things about seeing them in person is the beautiful flowers. And you usually get fantastic pictures because the colors and details are amazing in person. don’t forget your camera.

Tips for Visiting the Rose Parade Floats

•  wear tennis shoes, you will be walking and most likely will have to park far.
•  bring some water or drinks (kids are always thirsty)
•  bring your camera
•  strollers are a good thing for kids who don’t like to walk far.
•  plan to get there by 2:00 p.m., the ticket booths close at 3:00 p.m. (we had this experience last year, and half of us didn’t get tickets in time.)

•  carpool if you can, the less cars your group comes in the better because of limited parking.
•  study a map to get familiar with the area…this will help you find closer parking and figure your route to the float area.
•  MOST OF ALL, use this time to enjoy the beginning of the new year! these are memories your kiddies will carry throughout there lives.

wanna go? here’s the info…

January 1, 2013 • 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
January 2, 2013 • 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.*

*early admission for senior citizens and disabled visitors from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00a.m.

Location
End of Parade route on Sierra Madre Blvd.
Street parking near the event is limited.
Click here for Park & Ride shuttle locations if you want to avoid finding parking.

Admission
$10 (free for children five and under)
*Ticket sales end at 3:00 p.m.; venue closes at 5:00 p.m.

Advance Tickets: are available through Sharp Seating Company at (626) 795-4171. Tickets will also be available at the event box office and all Park-N-Ride locations.

more information about visiting the The Rose Parade floats

Decorating the Dole Rose Parade Float

this month, we go the opportunity to help decorate the Dole Foods float for The Rose Parade at Fiesta Floats. the theme of this year’s The Rose Parade is “Oh The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Suess. and the theme of Dole’s float is “Dreaming of Paradise.”

here is the giant building, Fiesta Floats, where some of the floats are housed and being prepared to go down the parade route on New Year’s Day.

we were so excited to work on the Dole float.

Dole’s float, “Dreaming of Paradise,” was designed by Raul Rodriguez, an award-winning float designer who designed last year’s float and 7 other floats this year. he told us that he got the inspiration of Dole’s float from his parrot Sabastian. it also follows in the tradition of Dole’s two Sweepstakes Trophy winning predecessors of showcasing the regions where Dole employs workers and grows produce.

there is a lot of preparation that goes into getting the parade float from this beautiful drawing to being ready to drive along the parade route.

the DOLE Rose Parade Float will have a 26-foot massive volcano which will erupt with smoke, steam and fire shooting 20 feet into the sky over a vibrant and lush tropical rain forest of Latin America teaming with prowling tigers, fluttering butterflies, chimpanzees, parrots, and dragonflies.

nested in the lush backdrop of tropical flowers and foliage two magnificent parrots will be perched on lofty branches of orchids. whimsical chimpanzees will demand our attention as they frolic near magnificent waterfalls cascading down plush moss covered walls accentuating the mist-draped gardens. exotic animated leopards will bask in the beauty of the jungle that claims the lost ruins of past civilizations.

it’s so amazing how you can take simple dried ingredients like rice, grains and dried herbs…

and turn them into an amazing monkey like this!

the boys really enjoyed gluing kidney bean with white glue onto the float pieces.

they can’t wait to see the float when it is finished.

being over 55 feet long, 18 feet wide and over 26 feet tall, it’s going to take a lot of flowers and seeds to cover this massive float. when finished, it will feature three waterfalls with over 1,000 gallons of cascading recycled water as well as a misting system add to the tropical mood.

throughout the float there will be fresh and healthy fruits, including bananas, pineapples, mangoes, papayas, peaches, strawberries and blueberries that were grown by DOLE.

my boys were thrilled to learn about the process of float making and see the behind the scenes work that goes into making the Tournament of Roses Parade spectacular. it was also awesome to share this experience with Dole.

DOLE works with thousands of independent family farmers from around the world. the “Dreaming of Paradise” float pays tribute to the beauty and bounty of the tropical paradise of Latin America. It also reminds us that with responsible, sustainable growing and operating practices we can keep the dream of paradise alive.

at DOLE, healthy living includes not only eating well and exercising, but treating our people, resources, environment and community as our most precious assets. Dole’s mission is to provide great tasting, all natural, healthy fruit and vegetables, as well as make the world a better place to live both today and in the future.

lastly, here is a picture of me, and bloggers, Mary, Jennifer, Jamie and Erin with the Tournament of Roses Court.

as the two time reigning Sweepstakes award winner, DOLE is vying to become the only company to win the Sweepstakes award every year they have entered. they are going for a three-peat!

good luck Dole!  thank you for having us.

here is a video of me and Dave Spare of Dole Foods explaining a little about the float.

Tournament of Roses Parade Floats

(this is us visiting the floats in 2010. note the flip flops. last year the temperature was in the high 70’s and i was 5 months pregnant. wow….a lot has changed since then)

visiting the floats after the Tournament of Roses Parade has become such a fun activity for our family. last year we had a blast. i was actually surprised that the kiddies enjoyed it as much as they did. and they even remembered last years “adventure” because this morning they came running in and turned the parade on in our room. they have been asking if we were going this year to see the floats.

so if you have some time this weekend, try going up to Pasadena and checking out the parade floats. one of the best things about seeing them in person is the beautiful flowers. and you usually get fantastic pictures because the colors and details are amazing in person. so don’t forget your camera.
here are the details:


dates:
January 1, 2010
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

January 2, 2010
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.*
*early admission for senior citizens and disabled visitors from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00a.m.


location:
End of Parade route on Sierra Madre Blvd.

Street parking near the event is limited.
click here for Park & Ride shuttle locations if you want to avoid finding parking.

Tickets:
$10, free for children five and under
(wow….it’s getting expensive!)
*Ticket sales end at 3:00 p.m.; venue closes at 5:00 p.m.
Advance Tickets: are available through Sharp Seating Company at (626) 795-4171. Tickets will also be available at the event box office and all Park-N-Ride locations.

Tips:
wear tennis shoes, you will be walking and might have to park far.
bring some water or box drinks (my kids are always thirsty)
bring your camera
strollers are a good thing for kids who don’t like to walk far.
plan to get there by 2:00 p.m., the ticket booths close at 3:00 p.m. (we had this experience last year, and half of us didn’t get tickets in time. i may tell you sometime how we all finally got in, but i do feel a bit guilty.)
carpool if you can, the less cars your group comes in the better because of limited parking.
study a map to get familiar with the area…this will help you find closer parking and figure your route to the float area.
and most of all, use this time to enjoy the beginning of the new year! these are memories your kiddies will carry throughout there lives.
click here for more information on visiting the Tournament of Roses Parade floats.