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    Posted December 31, 2014 by
    Irwindale, California

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    126th Annual Tournament of Roses floats ready to go


    It is Wednesday, December 31, 2014 and the time is up for those entering floats to the 126th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade which will begin at 8:00 Thursday morning.


    These photos were taken fairly early Wednesday, the first eight at Fiesta Parade Floats, the award winning float builders located in Irwindale; and the last two were taken at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.


    This was my third visit to Irwindale this year and you can see the photos from the first two visits at http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1198683/ and http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1201920/. As you can see the floats are assembled, then taken apart for decorating and reassembled for the final touches.


    The last two photos were taken at the CA Grown certification ceremony by CA Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross of the Cal Poly University float. In order to be certified as "California grown" at least 85% of the flowers and greenery must be grown in California.


    You can find all of my photos of the floats from both locations at http://www.gotbaddog.com/fiesta-floats-126th-rose-parade/. I hope all of you have a great 2015.

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