As usual, Downey's Rose Parade float is on display at the Embassy Suites parking lot.
Gordon has been a volunteer helping with the floats since 2003. He is an enthusiastic and well-informed volunteer, and I learned a lot today.
- Downey has had an entry in the parade every year since 1952.
- Downey’s entry has the distinction of being one of only six floats which come under the parade classification of self-built. This classification means that the float
is completely financed, constructed, and decorated by volunteer contributions and help.
- The Downey float travels the furthest to get to Pasadena, and usually arrives last on New Year's Eve. It takes about 6 hours to travel the 18 miles.
- The team of volunteers that accompanies the float has a lot of fun, hanging out on arrival with the five other volunteer teams, enjoying the camaraderie and fire pits. (This is in contrast to the paid workers who head home as soon as their job is done.)
- Knott's Berry Farm donated the horse and sleigh. The sleigh was donated several years ago, and the horse was donated this year when Knott's underwent some refurbishment.