Kathy Rimmer was up early Saturday applying orange and peach lentils, sesame seeds and banana chips to an octopus.
She was one of about 800 volunteers gathered in a large warehouse in Irwindale who were busy decorating a dozen floats that will be featured in the 129th Rose Parade in Pasadena on New Year’s Day.
“When we first get here [the floats] are just painted foam and then we apply organic material and then everything comes to life,” Rimmer said. A resident of Harrisburg, Pa.,Rimmer said she has been volunteering as a float decorator for the past eight years.
“It’s a working vacation,” she said. “I just absolutely love it.”
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