As the 126th Rose Parade drew closer Thursday morning, parade-goers continued to brave cold conditions while float decorators made last-minute adjustments.
At 2 a.m., floodlights illuminated the tops of massive floral floats in their staging area along Pasadena’s Orange Grove Boulevard.
Decorators laughed and chatted as they placed white orchids in the City of Downey’s float. Nearby, roses in tiny water vials sat ready in plastic foam containers. On the City of Los Angeles float, an open hidden door revealed a person sitting inside.
While the staging area is largely the world of officials, officers and decorators, groups of onlookers took the opportunity to get an early view.
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