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Final Preparations for Roses Parade

Sunday, December 30, 2012

We're just a day away from New Year's Eve celebrations. In New York, they have been testing dropping confetti for the big Times Square ball drop. In California, volunteers are in a feverish rush to put the finishing touches on one of America's other great New Year's traditions -- the annual Tournament of Roses Parade.

"I take off a whole week off work to do this," float volunteer Tarie Wallin said.

That's because there's more floats than just flowers. It takes days of painting, grinding, blending and gluing around the clock to make these whimsical creations come to life.

For the first time in six years, Disney is returning to the Rose Parade. After all, Walt Disney was the Grand Marshall in 1966. This year's float will be Disneyland's newest attraction "Cars Land."

"Mcqueen will be going up and down route 66 with Sally on his side," Disney float designer Brad Kaye said.

The 125-foot-long float will have 45 moving parts and a waterfall.

How many flowers does it take to cover this entire float? "Hundreds of thousands," Kaye said.

To build the "Cars Land" float, they will use one and a half tons of seeds, 200 gallons of glue, and 2000 volunteers.

"It just makes me feel nice like I'm doing something for my community," volunteer Melissa Rodriguez said.

This work is not easy. It takes six hours just to cover this one car with glue and seeds.

Every float is unique this year. And for the first time a wedding will be televised live from atop a Farmers Insurance love Float.

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