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Floats are escorted through the Azusa/Irwindale area en route to Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

The Rose Parade floats start to roll out of the Rosemont Pavillon in Pasadena while thousands get an early look.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Wisconsin fan Andrew Schwingle high-fives passing Wisconsin fans at the Rosemont Pavilion, across the street from the Rose Bowl.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Leonore Perz, 12, of Los Angeles takes a nap under covers in anticipation of a long, cold night on Colorado Boulevard waiting for the Rose Parade with her family.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

People arrive Friday afternoon to stake out their spots along Colorado Boulevard for the Rose Parade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Gabriella Valdez, left, of Los Angeles and Jessica Lopez, right, of Montebello help decorate the Cal Poly 2011 Rose Parade float entry "Galactic Expedition!"

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

From left, Haley Goyette and Jackie Berg, both 15, and Hannah Garner and Madison Doyle, both 14, all from Fresno, help put the finishing touches on the Honda float.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katie Falkenberg / For The Times

Volunteer workers put finishing touches on the Honda float. The Rose Parade touts a hybrid-powered float, in what it calls a move to green the event. But a closer look shows the annual event has a long way to go to downsize its carbon footprint.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katie Falkenberg / For The Times

Volunteers Monique te Velde, left, 12, of Chino and friend Katie Gollhardt, 24, of Glendora help decorate the Cal Poly 2011 Rose Parade float, "Galactic Expedition!"

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Volunteers Brandon, left, and Amanda Long of Kansas City help decorate the "Galactic Expedition!" float from Cal Poly.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A volunteer glues mums onto Cal Poly's "Galactic Expedition!" The float is made with mostly local and California-grown flowers and produce.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Volunteer Colin Rickard, 19, of Oak Park places roses onto the Cal Poly float, "Galactic Expedition!"

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Victoria Barrera and Jason Houston, right, of Hesperia, both 12, help put the finishing touches on the Honda float.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katie Falkenberg / For The Times

Eunice Castaneda helps decorate the 2011 "Donate Life" float at Rosemont Pavilion.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katie Falkenberg / For the Los Angeles Times

Volunteers help decorate the Pfizer and Alzheimer's Assn. float at Rosemont Pavilion.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katie Falkenberg / For the Los Angeles Times

Volunteer help prepare flowers to decorate various floats at Rosemont Pavilion.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katie Falkenberg / For the Los Angeles Times

This decoration, which is not going to be used on any Rose Parade float this year, appears to look over workers preparing some of the 650,000 flowers used at Fiesta Floats.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

A volunteer helps decorate the Donate Life float at Rosemont Pavilion.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katie Falkenberg / For the Los Angeles Times

Terry Baker, right, of Glendora, and Shellie Weber, left, of Ventura help decorate the eagle on the RFD-TV float at Rosemont Pavilion.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katie Falkenberg / For the Los Angeles Times

Ashley Olivar helps prepare some of the flowers used at Fiesta Floats.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Paul Yasger works on the Discover Financial Services float at Fiesta Floats.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Roses to be used in the parade are prepared at Fiesta Floats.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Carnation petals are put in place for the Cunard Line float ("A Grand Celebration at Sea") at Fiesta Floats.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Flowers are placed on the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation float at Fiesta Floats.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

The Rosemont Pavilion is a hive of activity.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katie Falkenberg / For the Los Angeles Times

"Chairs" for the dogs for the Natural Balance Pet Foods float are arrayed. The dogs came to practice Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

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1 Comment

  1. December 31, 2010, 11:50 am

    Oh my goodness that is me!! How exciting. I'm glad that I was able to go help with the floats.

    By: pancypoo90@yahoo.com

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