January 6, 2004

Decorating for The Rose Parade

POST #    684


Orange gerbera daisies


Floral arrangements for the China Airlines float


The Bride for the China Airlines float


The U of M Float decorated with shaved coconut and crushed walnut shells


Putting people to work

The day after Justin and I arrived in California, we took the opportunity to decorate some Rose Parade floats. The L.A. chapter of the U of M Alumni Association arranged for people to volunteer at Festival Arts, a float manufacturer. Floats that Festival Arts were commissioned to do included the China Airlines Float, the Disneyland Float, and U of M's Float. This year's Rose Parade was 115th edition with the theme "Music Music Music."

It sounded like a cool idea, but was actually very repetitive. All we did was cut flowers to length for four hours. At least we didn't get messy though, and there was free pizza, so it could have been worse.

- ofoto album with more photos (registration required)
- Tournament of Roses
- HGTV: Rose Parade 2004

Posted by tien mao in Photos at 2:50 PM

 

 

exhibiting flu-like symptoms?! oh no! feel better!!

btw - that's a fun behind-the-scenes look at the parade preparations. the floats looked beautiful! (did you nibble on the U of M float at all?)

Posted by: jeannette at January 7, 2004 12:12 AM

Nice pics, there...

Posted by: Sam T at January 7, 2004 12:12 AM

i was tempted by the coconut. i'm swimming in photos. i have so many of disney concert hall.

Posted by: tien at January 7, 2004 12:17 AM

A bride for the China Airlines float? What? Were her feet bound?

Posted by: Jen at January 8, 2004 1:58 PM

er, from the HGTV site:
China Airlines (#88)
Float Theme: Taiwan's Sounds of Joy

The sounds of joy heard throughout Taiwan are from the music of a wedding celebration. A beautiful bride and her handsome groom stand 21 feet high in dazzling wedding robes of brilliant red carnations and golden button mums. Her delicate headdress is crafted of hybrid vanda orchids, baby roses, gold strawflower and heliconia petals. An entourage of musicians and attendants are in procession behind the couple as they pass through a tropical garden featuring 30-foot high palms.

The bride has arrived for the wedding carried in a traditional sedan chair decorated with hot pink carnations with accents of golden rose petals. The groom's waiting horse is created with rich golden millet seeds with the mane and tail fashioned of corn silk. The spectacular floral wedding arrangements that flank the bride and groom at the garden entrance highlight the vibrant tropic blooms and exotic fruit that visitors to Taiwan see everywhere.

Posted by: tien at January 8, 2004 2:42 PM

Hmm, thanks, Tien. But still, I'm thinking bound feet.

Posted by: Jen at January 9, 2004 12:25 AM

damn, iworked on that float lol

i also worked on the float for 2004 and 2005

last years float was awesome, it was the disney float, we had free coffee and cookies

but this year, we didnt get that =/

i went iwht Garvey Intermediate school (im in Mark Keppel High school now) to decorate the floats and we decorated the disney flat, twaiwan float, and palm springs float this year (2005)

Posted by: Friend at January 1, 2005 10:56 PM

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