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Photos: Volunteers put final touches on 2024 Rose Parade floats

Volunteers at Phoenix Decorating Company on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023 in Irwindale, CA.
Volunteers Megan Yoshihara, left, and Lynette Mead help decorate the City of Hope’s Rose Parade float titled “A Lovely Day for Hope” at Phoenix Decorating Co. in Irwindale.
(Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)
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The race is on.

With only four days left until the 2024 Rose Parade, an army of volunteers is getting the floats ready for their big reveal on New Year’s Day.

This is no small task because every inch of a float must be covered with flowers or other natural materials.

Take a look.

Brittany Smith works on the Kaiser float for the 2024 Rose Parade at Fiesta Parade Floats in Irwindale.
(Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)

Brittany Smith works on the Kaiser float for the 2024 Rose Parade at Fiesta Parade Floats in Irwindale.

A family works on the Donate Life float 'One Legacy' at Fiesta Parade Floats in Irwindale.
(Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)
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A donor family, Valerie Caparino, center, with her two daughters Rachel Caparino, left, and Melissa Suttipreechanun, works on Donate Life float “One Legacy” at Fiesta Parade Floats in Irwindale.

Cynthia Willie, left, and her 13-year-old daughter, Jocelyn Carino, chop straw flowers to little pieces.
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Cynthia Willie, left, and her 13-year-old daughter, Jocelyn Carino, chop straw flowers to little pieces, to be applied to a Rose Parade float at Fiesta Parade Floats in Irwindale.

Andres Trujillo decorates an alligator sculpture on a float.
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Andres Trujillo works on an alligator sculpture to be mounted on the UPS float at Fiesta Parade Floats in Irwindale.

Sliced limes sit out to dry before being used to decorate floats.
A volunteer glues black beans to a Rose Parade float.
A pot of glue is ready for a volunteer to glue seeds on foam letters for float.
A volunteer cuts dried flowers to decorate floats at Phoenix Decorating Company in Irwindale.

(Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)

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Clockwise from top left: Limes sit out to dry before being used; a volunteer glues black beans to a float; a pot of glue is ready; and a volunteer cuts dried flowers to decorate floats.

Volunteer Veronica Wold works on a yellow and black butterfly decoration on a Rose Parade float.
(Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)

Volunteer Veronica Wold works on the City of Hope’s Rose Parade float “A Lovely Day for Hope” at Phoenix Decorating Co. in Irwindale.

Volunteers cut flowers for Rose Parade floats at Phoenix Decorating Co. in Irwindale.
(Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)

Volunteers Andy Greene, left, and Judy Perlman cut flowers for Rose Parade floats at Phoenix Decorating Co. in Irwindale.

A volunteer sits on scaffolding while decorating a float that includes an image of musical notes and a horn.
(Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)
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A volunteer sits on scaffolding while decorating the Lutheran Hour’s Rose Parade float “Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord!” at Phoenix Decorating Co. in Irwindale.

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