The Rose Parade is on tomorrow morning. In my pre-parade excitement (I DO love a parade) I read an interesting post on the LA times blog. I didn’t know that the parade had originally started as way to show off to New Yorkers that in California (while the rest of country was buried in snow) flowers were blooming. Original ‘floats’ (like this one) were horse drawn carriages decorated with the local flowers.
But in the hype and growth that ensued, the flowers were quickly outsourced and eventually most of the materials started to be shipped in from internatioal sources. President of the Tournament of Roses, Rick Jackson says that “It would have been decades ago,” since a float was comprised of 100% California sourced materials. But this year two floats are doing things a bit differently and going they back to original intent.
The “Timeless Fun for Everyone” float and the Cal Poly Tech float titled “Cal Poly to the Rescue” will both be comprised of locally sourced materials. The ‘Timeless Fun for Everyone” float is sponsored by the California Clock Co. and will feature a Kit-Cat wall clock (the iconic feline with swinging tail which they produce).
There, so even if you don’t love a parade, you can at least keep an eye out for and celebrate these floats.