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Rose Parade: A behind-the-scenes look

Saturday, December 29, 2012
Volunteers work on a float for the 124th Rose Parade in this December 2012 photo. A volunteer works on a float for the 124th Rose Parade in this December 2012 photo.

As New Year's Day inches closer, volunteers are hustling to deck out their floats for the 124th Rose Parade.

Hundreds of volunteers were expected to fill the Phoenix Decorating Rosemont Pavilion in Pasadena Saturday to glue on tens and thousands of flower petals to the various floats before they roll down the parade route on Monday. This year's theme is "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" which is inspired by Dr. Seuss.

Workers decked out the Donate Life float Saturday morning with flowers of all colors. The float is titled "Journeys of the Heart" and emphasizes an individual's journey surrounding organ donation.

Crew Chief Mike Thompson says his volunteers view decorating the floats as an honor.

"We're very, very blessed. Donate Life has a group of volunteers, that in my opinion, are second to none," Thompson said. "My volunteers are the best. They come here, they love what they're doing. It's a real honor for them to be here."

Saturday evening, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and assistant LAPD Chief Michael Moore were expected to place a dedicated rose on the Donate Life float in honor of sheriff's deputies who are donors, recipients or otherwise touched by organ donation.

Parade goers won't be allowed to stake out a spot until noon on Monday. And if you're sitting in the grandstands, several items have been banned including backpacks, coolers and large bags.

Pasadena has set up a hotline to help parade goers. The special toll-free Visitor Hotline is (877) 793-9911 and will operate Dec. 28 to Jan. 2, 2013.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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