Most women love flowers, myself included, and I have never seen more flowers in one place than I did when I attended the Rose Bowl Parade earlier this year. Seeing it on tv is one thing. Watching the parade from the stands? A little better. Getting up close to the floats while being built? AMAZING!!! For my Valentine’s flowers for you, I thought I’d take you on a little photo journey showing details of one of the amazing floats, “Soaring Stories” from Cal Poly Universities, the only 100% student-led volunteer float. Students even cultivate and harvest some of the products used.
By the time we saw the float being constructed, the framing was complete and volunteers were filling it in with flowers. Flowers upon flowers upon flowers. These two trays of roses were just a small portion of the “tools” being used. Yes, each flower is individually stuck into a water pick and placed on the float by hand.
Many different types of flowers were used in the construction including marigolds and strawflowers.
Of course, not only flowers were used. The gryphon’s body gets its coloring from oatmeal with cinnamon for shading and the little pink in its ears? Dried, sliced strawberries!
Volunteers were hard at work getting the float completed before the deadline.
A view of the construction from the front. Besides fresh flowers, dried flower petals are often glued onto floats to give added color. Orange or other citrus peels were also common on many floats. For an example, check out the gryphon’s beak.
The details that can be created on these floats using seeds, beans, and dried flower petals are incredible.
The finished product on the parade route. Viewing it from this distance just doesn’t do it justice!