The Rose Parade in California

Rose parade 2010 Pasadena, Calif. by Sunriserjay

A dream of this GardenLady has been to one day go to the Rose Parade in California. It sounds like the most beautiful parade in the world. I want to see in real time so many flowers floating by in one parade; how floats can even by made of flowers. This is one parade, I believe, that seeing on TV can do justice to it.

horn of plenty by donielle

A master maker of rose parade floats is Fiesta Parade Floats (see here), a company that has a “67 percent winning rate for their floats averaged over the past twenty years”. I would love to be a volunteer working on one of their floats.

Though I dream of being in California to see the Rose Parade, I saw serendipitously one day some flower floats in a small parade in Amsterdam. I had walked out of my hotel in a suburb of Amsterdam and there was this parade. There were no other people around, so I had no idea where the parade was headed. I seemed to be the only person enjoying the floats. It was charming. It was one of the small experiences that happens that makes travel so enjoyably rewarding. But, I thought, it didn’t seem as spectacular as the Rose Parade in California must be. It wasn’t the extravaganza that I imagined the Pasadena Rose Parade to be.


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