Volunteers Put Finishing Touches on Rose Parade Floats

Kathy Rimmer was up early Saturday applying orange and peach lentils, sesame seeds and banana chips to an octopus.

Jacque Giuffre puts the final touches on a cheetah featured on Dole's "Sharing Nature's Bounty" float at Fiesta Parade Floats in Irwindale on Dec. 30, 2017. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Jacque Giuffre puts the final touches on a cheetah featured on Dole's "Sharing Nature's Bounty" float at Fiesta Parade Floats in Irwindale on Dec. 30, 2017. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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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