Rose Parade Float Decorating

This past week, I had one of the coolest Southern California experiences ever. My sweet husband was watching PBS a few weeks back, and during the pledge drive they announced that if you donated a certain amount, you would get behind-the-scenes tickets to see the Natural Balance Rose Parade float as it was being built and decorated. Without me knowing, he donated the money and got us tickets!

This was exciting both because I’ve always wanted to see the Rose Parade floats up close, and because we are big fans of Natural Balance. Lucy loves Natural Balance food (especially the sweet potato and fish flavor), and we’ve gotten a kick out of the floats that Natural Balance has sponsored in the last few years. So far, the past floats have included skateboarding, snowboarding, and skimboarding bulldogs. We had heard that this year’s float would include surfing bulldogs and was supposed to set world records for being the longest and heaviest float ever, so I definitely wanted to see it!

Natural Balance float, in progress.

Tuesday was the big day. We drove out to Irwindale, CA, where we got to tour the Fiesta float-building facility:

Fishy face!

We even got the chance to put strawflowers on some palm fronds for the Natural Balance float:

Float decorating is painstaking work--all the flowers are applied by hand!

The lovely Natural Balance people also fed us lunch, and gave us a huge gift bag full of great dog food swag! Lucy was very excited, and so were we:

Lucy eyeing her haul!

We really enjoyed our behind-the-scenes look at this year’s float, and can’t wait to see it in action tomorrow. :) We also got special VIP tickets for the post-parade float viewing party, where we might get to meet the surfboarding bulldogs in person, yay!

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