Wordless Wednesday: Dole’s 2012 Rose Parade Float plus The Queen and Her Court

I have lived in California my entire life, that is 36 years if you are counting folks. I have never gone to the Rose Parade, nor have I participated in float building, and seeing any of the actual floats. I always watch it from my comfy couch in my jammies in the warmth of my home. But I got an opportunity a week ago to view some of the Rose Parade Floats, and even prep some seeds, etc. for Dole’s 2012 Rose Parade Float “Preserving Paradise”.

Upon arrival to the event at Fiesta Parade Floats headquarters, I was met by this VERY large elephant. This elephant was at the front of Dole’s 2012 Rose Parade Float.

Dole 2012 Rose Parade FloatDo you want to see what the rest of the float will look like? Here a graphic design of it. Isn’t it beautiful? I love all of the colors, and cannot wait to see it on TV!

Dole 2012 Rose Parade Float "Preserving Paradise"Here are some more views of the float. I couldn’t capture the entire float because there were people everywhere, and I’m a bit OCD about my photos. Plus, I had my 50mm lens on, which has limitations.

Dole's 2012 Rose Parade Float
Dole's 2012 Rose Parade Float
Dole's 2012 Rose Parade Float
Dole's 2012 Rose Parade FloatWe got to participate in some preliminary float decorating. The early decorating is done with seeds. The flowers are done at the very last to preserve freshness.
Rose Parade Float DecoratingAngry Kid joined in on the fun, and got some face painting, and well, arm painting. He never turns down face painting.

Angry Kid with his airbrushed present tattoo
And of course, we got  a group picture of all the bloggers with the Rose Queen and her Court.

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Disclosure: I was invited by Dole to this special event. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are mine.

14 comments
Briana
Briana

That is so cool! I was just commenting to my husband the other day about you living in California and being able to do so many cool things there. And this is just another one of those things! :)

Sarah
Sarah

That is so awesome!

Michelle Potter
Michelle Potter

That is so cool! The elephant is awesome, but I found the tiger rather striking! I really never thought about what goes into making parade floats, so I enjoyed these photos!

liz
liz

It boggles the mind that they do that with seed.

Lolo
Lolo

Such an awesome float! Excited to see it on tv!

Joyce
Joyce

Love the elephant!

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

There is a ton to do here. I think the weather makes it more easy to do things. If it snowed or something here, I'm sure I wouldn't do as half as much stuff. But yes, this was a pretty fun opportunity.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Thanks...seriously hours and hours of labor. They said that people work in 5 hour shifts, 24 hours a day, the week before the parade. My fingers hurt even thinking about it.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Seriously seed, they were taking plastic straws, adding glue, and rolling them in seed, then they put them on those metal palm fronds.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

I will have to catch the parade early, because I work Monday morning, but I'm excited to see it.