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Floral Fascination

December 9, 2015 | Rose Bowl

floral fascinationTaking a girl’s dream and turning it into a 55-foot long float made of flowers is no easy task. It takes thousands and thousands of flowers and other natural materials to make that happen, but that’s part of the fun for Fiesta Parade Floats. President Tim Estes says, “you want people to see it and quickly get an idea of what it’s about.” So Estes says it’s crucial to use the right materials to decorate the float to get each detail just right.

From Vision Into Reality

“There will be a lot of really lush flowers on the float including orchids and gerbera daises and carnations and then so many of the other details will be decorated in things like little tiny onion seeds which are like a grain of sand,” Estes says. Some flowers will be used whole, while others will have the petals cut off and glued on one-by one.

To create the swans on the float, which represent the famous ballet Swan Lake, Estes says his team will use coconut flakes. They will create just the right look and texture to make the swans practically come to life on your TV screen. Estes adds, “They’re just a really nice white color.”

Just some of the materials used on the float include:

  • Black sea weed
  • Orange lentil beans
  • Golden flax seeds
  • Clover seeds
  • Sweet Akito roses
  • Sweet rice
  • Walnut shells
  • Paprika
  • Cornmeal
  • Crushed rose petals
  • Yellow and gold strawflower petals
  • Sesame seeds
  • Onion seeds
  • Red cress seeds
  • Poppy seeds
  • Lettuce seeds
  • Eucalyptus
  • Green parsley flakes
  • Cattails
  • Pink gerbera
  • Princess roses
  • Sweetness roses
  • Cotton Candy roses
  • Burgundy cymbidium orchid sprays
  • Sumatra lilies
  • Parakeet heliconia
  • Green hydrangea
  • Viburnum
  • Pink French tulips
  • Obake anthuriums
  • Ballet long stem roses

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