It takes an army of volunteers to pull off this extravaganza and we really wanted to be part of it. We were keen on helping to decorate a float and all those interested from this Rally group participated in the city of Sierra Madre’s 83rd parade entry “I Think I Can”. This float is one of 6 that are “self built” which means that these floats are built entirely on all volunteer and all donation organizations.
The float’s foundation was covered with 21,000 roses (from Ecuador)! Our job was to clean off the leaves, remove any damaged rose petals, trim the stem the required length, insert the stem into a water filled vial and place them carefully in trays. With teams’s of 6 persons/table our Rally group successfully cut 20,000 roses in our allotted time! It seemed like such a monumental task when we 1st heard what we had to do!
We then toured the float under construction – whew, 3 more days to parade and still so much to do! We watched other volunteers sorting through seeds, climbing on scaffolds, gluing, brushing and painting.
The float’s animation included 18 wheels turning, three cars rocking side to side, smoke billowing from a stack and the front of the train engine lifting up and coming down to show it is trying and trying its best to crest the steep mountain. Finally, parade day!
They did it! The float even won the Mayor’s Award – “Most outstanding city entry -national or international”.
Feeling good and having fun! The enthusiasm in this place is contagious!