Rose Parade Float Viewing

I have always wanted to go to the Rose Parade Float Viewing and this year I finally got my chance. I’ve seen floats like this before up in Portland, Oregon, for their annual rose parade, but nothing prepared me for the floats in Pasadena. I was literally speechless for about an hour as I walked alongside the most beautiful floral creations I’ve ever seen.  For a flower love like me, it was pure heaven.

rose parade float viewing

This year’s theme was Dreams Come True.

 

rose parade float viewing

Any part of the float that is exposed has to be covered in a natural material. Check out this classic car.

 Rose Parade 2014

 Even the stairs on this float are covered with seeds to make the stone effect.

Rose Parade 2014

This one has brussel sprouts and chile peppers!! At least I think those are chile peppers up there.

Rose Parade 2014

The creativity for the designs of these floats is quite impressive. A lot of work goes into creating them as far as what the float will represent and what type of natural materials will make up the textures and colors of each float.

rose parade float viewing

The colors and attention to detail are just impressive.

rose parade float viewing

 

rose parade float viewing

Now, don’t let the picture above scare you too much. We got to the viewing streets just after it opened and it wasn’t too bad at that time. This shot was taken about three hours later and as you can see, the float viewing is pretty popular. We went on January 2nd and I took 208 pictures!!! (I went crazy!)  They were all just so pretty and so amazing…definitely something I will go to each year from now on.

If you want to get tickets to next year’s Rose Parade or some more information on the Rose Parade Float Viewing click here to get the skinny.  TIckets for the 2015 Rose Parade go on sale February 3, 2014.

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