hundreds of volunteers on duty to help decorate floats, there
were other Kiwanis volunteers who did support work. The volunteers
had to be fed.
Kiwanis clubs in Southern California donate
their time to provide lunch and dinner for the float decorators.
It's a time-consuming, labor-intensive challenge. But thanks
to Margo Dutton and other coordinators, the job is handled efficiently.
The actual float-decoration experience is not all fun and games. Volunteers
work hard to complete the floats.
It is required that all visible areas of the floats be comprised
of flowers, stems or seeds. The flowers must be applied during
the final hours before the parade.Tens of thousands of flowers
are delivered to the professional float-building companies.
Many of the hardiest flowers can be removed from their stems
and glued right on the floats.
Other more delicate flowers-with a shorter blooming span-are
placed in individual vials of water. These are then stuck into
foam covering the float.