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Lexi Beermann encourages her bulldog, Wally, who will appear in Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Pet Foods "Surf's Up" float. Dogs will surf on 65-foot long waves in 6,600 gallons of water on a float weighing about 131,950 pounds.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Georgia Brown, 11, of Girl Scout Troop 1657 in Anaheim, helps prepare flowers that will be put on floats at Fiesta Parade Floats.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Katie Nigolian, 12, of Girl Scout Troop 1531 carries flowers at Fiesta Parade Floats, where more than 300,000 flowers will be used.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

A rose at the Artistic Entertainment Services in Azusa, where floats are under construction for this years' 123rd Rose Parade. Hundreds of thousands of flowers off all types will be trimmed, snipped, pruned and stripped before they have their moment in the sun on a float cruising down Colorado Blvd.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For the Times

Volunteers Jackie Kershner, left, and Melinda Grace Ware put the finishing touches on the City of Glendale float at the Rose Palace.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A volunteer trims a dried flower for the Farmer's Insurance float at the Rose Palace.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Volunteer Dory Bennett works on "Dinosaurs in L.A.'s Backyard," the city of Los Angeles' float at the Rose Palace.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Volunteers Lenore Newcomer, left, and daughter Megan Gilbert decorate the Shriners' float, "Soaring for Kids," at the Rose Palace.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Volunteers Jared Barlow, 18, left, and Hunduma Kanno, 17, above, work on the China Airlines float at Artistic Entertainment Services in Azusa.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For the Times

Second-year volunteer Maya Omori, 14, of Pasadena climbs down the scaffolding while helping with the China Airlines float at Artistic Entertainment Services in Azusa.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For the Times

Fourth-year volunteer Justin Volquardsen, 15, of Hacienda Heights lines up vials of roses to be placed on floats at Artistic Entertainment Services in Azusa.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For the Times

Volunteer Jim Bollinger puts the finishing touches on the face of a football player on the Kinect For XBOX float at the Tournament of Roses Assn. Rosemont Pavilion in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Volunteers and professional float builders scramble to apply the flowers to the Rose Parade floats under construction at the Rosemont Pavilion in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Volunteers prepare flower petals at the Rosemont Pavilion in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Volunteer Amanda Kao reaches to apply flowers to the ear of a bear on the Alhambra Rose Parade float.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Volunteer Sarah Crespo applies glue to the stars on one of the Rose Parade floats under construction. Professional float builders and volunteers like Sarah are sprinting to finish all of the Rose Parade floats under construction in the Tournament of Roses Assn.'s Rosemont Pavilion.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Spectators and volunteers snap photos of the Rose Parade floats under construction at the Rosemont Pavilion in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Volunteer Casey Moore reaches to apply flowers and glue on the RFD-TV Rose Parade float depicting Roy Rogers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Volunteers and professional float builders scramble to apply flowers to the City Of Hope Rose Parade float under construction.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Floats fill a huge work area at Phoenix Decorating in Pasadena. The company is building half of the 44 flower-covered behemoths that will be in the 2012 Rose Parade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Morgan Smith, 17, of Temecula and Kyle Le, 18, of Riverside work on the Western Asset float.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Austin Fagrell, 16, of Fallbrook, Calif., works on the Rotary International float.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Sunita Boddu of San Clemente works on the float sponsored by Kinect for Xbox 360.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Chris Lofthouse, president of Phoenix Decorating, says he counts on 12,000 to 13,000 volunteers per week in December. The 2012 Rose Parade is Jan. 2.floats

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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As we get closer to the start of the 123rd annual Rose Parade, hundreds of volunteers are gathering this week to prepare floats for their moment in the sun.

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2 Comments

  1. December 31, 2011, 4:36 pm

    So… Why aren’t the “volunteers” paid a gratuity?

    Is Phoenix a non-profit?

    By: G. Mann
  2. January 1, 2012, 12:59 pm

    I won't not waste my time putting up flowers or volunteer for the floats. The city of pasadena charge $10.00
    a person to see the floats display and i get nothing for my time !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By: rqt9253

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