Anyway, I mention this because recently, while in that kinda/sorta know where I'm going and what I'll probably be doing next mode, opportunity actually knocked at my 'door'. I’m so-o-o-o very happy to say that I opened the door and embraced the events to follow!!
People of all ages came to volunteer–-many families were there,
from Grandmas to Grandpas
down to around first graders.
I was delighted to work along side of several high schoolers and girl scout troop members who took time out of their busy holiday events to lend a helping hand. It was chilly and damp, even raining and we were outside for some of the work but I heard no grumbling at all! Matter of fact, they were all excited and very helpful. Of course, there was non-stop chatter and it was difficult to follow the conversation at times, but we had many good laughs.
The only ‘flaw’ in the whole process was on the day of the parade. The float started out along the route doing fine but before even turning the first corner, it broke down!!! The Tournament of Roses organization rules gives floats entered into the parade less than a minute to get the engine going and if that doesn’t happen, the float is fined and the tow truck is attached. There were a ton of tow vehicles lined up at the ready for such an event and Suenos de California finished the parade behind the AAA tow truck!
The Sierra Madre Rose Float is a self-made, self-funded float. They do fund raisers year round to pay all their own expenses, etc. so they don’t have any extra monies to provide for the volunteers – though as the final week approaches, lunch and dinner is provided.
I’m sure there are folks out there in ‘blogger land’ that would not have the slightest desire to volunteer on a Rose Float or even attend the parade in person. But. . . . for those who have any inclination to do this I would heartily recommend it. Unfortunately, there are no rv sites or other type of lodging supplied for volunteers. It’s all on your own ‘dime’ and, of course, it’s CA and not cheap!!
My only regret now is that I didn't take my camera along to the parade. My thinking at the time was that I just wanted to sit, relax and chat with the gal I had worked with on the floral 'recipes' and enjoy seeing the Tournament of Roses Parade in person for my first time ever!! Now, I find, that it would have been the perfect location to get a good overview shot of the float - darn!!
I was finally able to get a link established to my Picasa web album of additional rose float in development photos. I'm hoping that others will be able to actually link to it. I have a major concern about this link and am waiting on my daughter or sister to get back to me about access at the web album site. Once I hear from them, I'll know whether I can leave this link in place or not. Here's the link: Sierra Madre Rose Float 2011