Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sierra Madre Rose Float

Our tour group is helping decorate the Sierra Madre Rose Parade float.

The title of our float is "I Think I Can".  I think this is taken from the story, The Little Engine That Could.  I guess every baby-boomer in the US remembers that story from their childhood.

Here you see volunteers cutting roses and discarding the excess stems in the barrel.  The theme of the story The Little Engine That Could is that you should keep trying, no matter the obstacle, and you will be successful.

Over a thousand volunteers will be involved in construction of the float.

The Teddy Bear is almost finished.

Middle school volunteers - The floats animation includes 18 wheels turning, three cars rocking side to side, smoke billowing from a stack, and the front of the train rising and falling to show that it is trying and trying its best to crest the steep mountain.

These are the four float princesses, chosen competitively from Sierra Madre High School.  To enter the competition, a student must have a 3.0 grade average.  It is considered a great honor to be a float princess. 

More volunteers - This is the smallest float in the parade - It is all volunteer and all donation organization - this makes the "I Think I can" an appropriate title.

Treky says, "Sometimes that's the way it is with us - Long distances, bad weather, bad roads, etc but we just keep on trying".

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