Creativity and project planning are a special challenge when you’re making something that weighs several tons.
Throw into the mix: your finished product will move at about two miles per hour, make millions of people laugh and remain current for about a week.
That’s a challenge which Pam Wiedenbeck, and La Canada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association, relish.
Pam is La Canada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association’s treasurer. And LCFTRA is one of six community organizations which designs and constructs its own Rose Parade® float noncommercially.
(They’re also multiple award-winners! According to their website, their Rose Parade® float entries have received twenty-six trophies since 1978.)
As volunteers decorated their 2018 float, two days before its departure for the 129th Rose Parade®, Pam talked about this year’s float and how LCFTRA is already looking ahead to 2019!
(And–here’s an early heads-up. If you didn’t get to decorate a Rose Float this year, and wanted to, keep LCFTRA’s information. As a nonprofit organization, they won’t mind a bit if you’d like to support them or volunteer in the future!)
In this special edition of Over Coffee®, you will hear:
The story of “Panda-Monium”, LCFTRA’s float in the 2018 Rose Parade;
How to enter LCFTRA’s float concept contest for the 2019 parade;
The three criteria behind LCFTRA’s choice for a winning concept (Anyone can enter! Details are available at www.lcftra.org, and the deadline’s January 17th);
The process of creating the float;
How LCFTRA obtained a unique (and expensive) decorating material for “Panda-Monium”;
Some of the final decorating steps for the 2018 float;
What will happen on Sunday evening, as “Panda-Monium” prepares to travel to its parade lineup position;
One of Pam’s favorite stories, about creating this year’s Rose Parade® float.