day after Christmas is the beginning of "Hell
week" for Dave Wallach of Hacienda Heights. The
district chairman of the Kiwanis International Rose
Float Committee counts on thousands of volunteers
to finish the floral floats in time for the Tournament
of Roses Parade on Jan. 1.
"Well be working on the floats from 5 a. m. to
midnight," the amiable Kiwanian noted "And
I'll he there most of the time."
The Hacienda Heights member has his hands full scheduling
all the volunteer workers. Most arc from local high
schools and colleges.
"We'll have more than 7,000 volunteers year to
work on the floats in Pasadena. Wallach said. "I've
been working on the floats for 12 years and every
year is a different challenge."
The Kiwanis Club works with Phoenix Decorating to
decorate more than 10 Rose Parade floats at the company's
Rosemont Pavilion in Pasadena.
This year Kiwanis International is Sponsoring a float
called "A Child's Magic Carpet Ride," The
Arabian Nights fantasy features a flying carpet with
of the riders was to be 13-year-old Parvene Barimani
of Hacienda Heights. Her brother, Firuze is the president
of the Key Club at Wilson High School.
floats are a big deal for local students, many of
whom belong to the Key Clubs and Kiwin's groups sponsored
by the Kiwanis.
Hacienda Heights Is Kiwanis opportunity drawing to
ride on the float, Firuze bought a ticket for his
sister. Wallach explained.
than 90 percent of volunteers are high school and
college students. The kids are fantastic; they really
through for us every year, Wallach said.
can have up to 500 students working on a shift The
kids come from all around Los Angeles, including Los
Altos. La Puente, Wilson, Rowland and Diamond Bar
High has already been here and Diamond Bar High has
a lot of volunteers this year," he said. "The
Rose Parade float has become the biggest community
service project in Kiwanis International."
Volunteers spend up to eight hours working on the
floral floats, Beginning Dec, 26, the day shift ran
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a second shift finishing
up at 11 p.m.
have to cut the thousands of flowers and place each
one in a vial of water. They won't place the live
flowers on the float* until the last couple days.
"Many of the flowers are very delicate, so we
can't put them on too early," Wallach noted.
inch of a Rose float has to be covered by organic
"We try to make it fun for the kids, who already
enjoy each others company" he said. "It's
a lot of work every year, hut I love lt."
By Richard Irwin, Staff Writer