#MatteosDream: Lions Decorate for Rose Parade
The mad rush to decorate Lions Clubs International float in the 125th Annual Rose Parade is well underway in Pasadena, Calif.
“Between Dec. 26 -30 is when the 17-hour shifts begin,” said Phoenix Decorating Company spokesperson Brian Dancel.
The Phoenix Decorating Company has been working with Lions Clubs International for several years now. They help turn float designs on paper into the beautiful floral works of art that drive down Colorado Blvd. on New Year’s Day.
This year, Lions Clubs International selected Matteo’s Dream, a project from Concord, Calif., as the inspiration for their float design.
Approximately 5,000 roses and 1,800 gerberas will be used to decorate the 35-foot-long float, according to Dancel.
Rose Parade rules require every square inch of float surface be covered with “flowers or other natural botanical materials,” according to an article from HGTV.
Most decorations on the float are what Dancel calls “Live Florals” because they can deteriorate very quickly and lose color. This is why volunteers work long hours a few days before the parade in order to apply all the flowers and preserve the live florals.
The other decorations are called “dry decorations.” They are applied weeks prior to the event because they are non-perishable and last longer.
Teams of Lions and volunteers will work around the clock leading up to the parade in two shifts. The first shift goes from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., while the second shift runs from 3:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Dancel estimates that volunteers put in around 9000 man hours leading up to the float judging, which will take place on Dec. 31.