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Huffing, puffing and other 126th Rose Parade preparations [Video]

Last-minute preparations are being made for the 126th Rose Parade. Judging of the floats is Wednesday, and the parade, televised to an international audience, comes Thursday, New Year's Day. Below are scenes from the preparations.

Volunteers call it "huffing and puffing" -- breathing warm air on flowers so they'll open up.

Below, workers cut turf for a float. Some volunteers plan to work through the night to prepare their creations for Wednesday's judging.

White carnations are sorted. Volunteers were wrapped up in jackets at the Pasadena staging grounds amid chilly weather.

Oversized floral decorations were part of the scene. Thursday's parade kicks off at 8 a.m., although many will camp along the parade route, braving the cold Wednesday night for a prime viewing spot. Read more: "126th Rose Parade could be coldest ever"

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