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Rose Parade float building in Sierra Madre's float barn

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The 125th Annual Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2014 continues a tradition that began with Pasadena residents riding in carriages decorated with flowers and mailing picture postcards back to relatives in states like Indiana, Ohio, and New York.

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The parade gave the city a chance to market its beauty and citrus farms, nestled at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Hours of international television coverage showcases the corporate and locally built creations as they turn the corner from Orange Grove Boulevard onto Colorado Boulvard.

The City of Sierra Madre’s Rose Parade float shows how much work it takes to create one of the volunteer-made floats.

On Monday, December 30, 2013 in the final hours before the parade, the float barn off Sierra Madre Boulevard was alive with several dozen volunteers securing flowers, painting, and decorating the 2014 Sierra Madre entry Catching the Big One. The float is the 16th entry in the parade.

It is about 42 feet long and 25 feet high.

Planning the float begins in January and initial work starts late spring and continues throughout the summer with the theme’s unveiling in October.

Volunteers include out-of-state visitors and residents from cities all over Southern California.

Click here for the website of the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association.

The Sierra Madre float is made possible entirely through donations and is one of several "self-built entries" that include:

Burbank Tournament of Roses Association

Cal Poly Universities

Downey Rose Float Association

La Canada Flintridge

South Pasadena Tournament of Roses

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