Saturday, January 1, 2011

Most beautiful entry!


As I waited for the float to leave for the long journey to Pasadena via surface streets, I found myself taking picture after picture. I loved the graceful white peacock settled on the back side. I couldn't get enough of it.


Then I noticed the Miss Downey Teens selling roses for $1 each. I assume this is part of trying to recoop some of the expenses for any over-purchased flowers.


Overall, the float was amazing, both in artistic design and in execution. I was impressed with the creativity and the beauty. Not only were the flowers gorgeous, the colors and textures added to the total experience (I liked the addition of the various fruits and vegetables too). The volunteers who helped create such a work of art to represent our little city have a lot to be proud of. I didn't do a thing to contribute to the building of the float, but just stopping by, chatting with some of the volunteers and taking pictures over the course of a few days gave me a sense of a connection to it.

I watched the parade this morning with anticipation of the appearance of Downey's float. It was exciting to hear that Downey won the Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy for most beautiful entry from a noncommercial sponsor. Yay Downey!!

As I understand it, the float will be available for viewing at the Embassy Suites on Monday and any additional left-over flowers can be purchased while supplies last.


  1. Amazing! I wonder where the tradition of building floats came from. Where did it start and why?

    In Lebanon (as in many places I imagine) the only parades are military--not pretty at all. It's too bad.

  2. Downey's was a beautiful entry. I love your up-close shots.

    Mary Ann, the float tradition started over 100 years ago when the locals decorated their carts and carriages. It was really a PR move.
    I found a link for you. The first paragraph tells it pretty well.


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