It's the day after Christmas today, and most of us finally start thinking about the New Year. But the Downey Rose Float Association started thinking many months ago, from fundraising all year long to the design and implementation of this year's entry for the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena.
For my final stop in my Saturday "walks" three weeks ago (I admit, I drove to this destination), I stopped by the warehouse where the Rose Parade float is in progress.
At this point, progress is more apparent to the planners than to the casual passer-by. This year's theme is "Home for the Holidays," and this pile of plywood and a horse has a long way to go before it matches the vision in the designer's head.
But it will get there. With the hard work of the Association members and all the loyal volunteers who come out to help each year, it will be a beautiful sight the next time I stop by.