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Thank you for your interest in volunteering to decorate the Downey Rose Float!


It is truly a  rewarding experience to watch a float you helped decorate proudly turn the corner on Colorado Boulevard on New Year's Day. If this will be your first time decorating a Rose Parade float, you will get a glimpse of the long hours and dedication put into each float, as well as the wonderful memories of working with the community to create a work of art. Newcomers and old-timers alike are welcome to join the decorating effort. Before you do so, please review the rules and guidelines to ensure an enjoyable and safe experience is had by all.


Decoration Period
Dec 26th - Dec 30

13030 Erickson Dr.
Downey, CA 90241
Parking is available onsite.
Signs will be posted to help direct you.

10:30am - 2:30pm
  2:30pm - 8:45pm

Please Take a moment to review Downey Rose Float  COVID Procedures and Guidelines for this year's Float Decorating Event. 

For the 2021-22 Decoration Period New Hours are in Effect

The decorating times are as follows:

December 26th through December 29th, 2021

Daily – 10:30 am to 2:00 pm &  2:30 pm to 8:45 pm

The buildings will be closed to the public daily December 26th through December 29st, 2021

between 2:00 – 2:30 pm for cleaning and sanitizing.

The Annual All-Night Event Hours:

December 30th, 2021 starting at 10:30 am until completed on December 31st , 2021.

NOTE: On this date our buildings will be temporarily closed to the public for cleaning and sanitizing                    during the following times:

Dec 30th From - 2:00 to 2:30 pm, 10:00 to 10:30 pm. 

Dec 31st  From - 2:00 to 2:30 am, 10:00 to 10:30 am, 2:00 to 2:30 pm

The float will leave for Pasadena at or around 5:30 pm on December 31, 2021

Covid-19 Health & Safety Guidelines 

In order to enter the buildings at the float site the following must be verified:

  • Proof of vaccination With Photo ID are required for everyone over the age of 12 and older.

    • Physical Printout or digital proof will be accepted or

    • CDC Card or

    • Digital Verification

  • In lieu of vaccination proof a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours With Photo ID prior to entering the building.

    • Printed verification or

    • Digital verification


ALL volunteers regardless of vaccination shall have their temperature checked prior to entering the buildings.

  • If any volunteer is feeling ill, has a temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit or is coughing will not be allowed to enter the buildings. (This will be at the discretion of designated float staff)

  • ALL volunteers regardless of vaccination status are REQUIRED to wear a mask while inside the buildings and recommended while in the parking lot.

  • While disposable masks and hand sanitizer will be available for volunteers the Downey Rose Float Association is requesting all volunteers to bring their own Personal Protective Equipment to help with our costs.

    • Mask

    • Gloves

    • Hand sanitizer

  • While some drinks and snacks will be provided to volunteers only it is recommended that ALL Volunteers bring their own lunch/dinner. 

  • Downey Rose Float Association will have a “Viewing Area” located outside of the building at a barricaded off area off area directly in front of the roll up door for visitor’s that wish to view the float.

The Downey Rose Float Association would like to thank everyone

for their support and help with enforcing the rules and regulations

to keep everyone safe and have a successful parade!

Volunteers are needed to add flowers, seeds, and other materials that will turn the float into a beautiful work of art.
1. Review Decorator Rules and Guidelines below
2. Fill out and bring the Medical Release Form    

                                           (Click Here for Waivers)
3. Review Parking information below
4. Contact if you have any questions or use the online submission form at the bottom.
Please note there are no  assigned shifts.
All volunteer assignments are first come first served, depending on rate of completed task there may be periods of downtime while one task is finished and the next is prepared.


Rules and Guidelines

  • You must be at least 13 years of age to volunteer on the float itself. Children under the age of 13 can lend a hand nearby - e.g. preparing seeds and flowers to be placed on the float with a parent or guardian present.
  • All volunteers must complete a Medical Release Form. Every minor must have a parent/guardian signed form. Please fill this out prior to your arrival and bring a printed copy with you to the float site. (Please do not send us your form prior to your arrival.)
  • Please dress in warm layers, with long-sleeved shirts and long pants recommended. Wear closed-toed shoes and old clothing that you do not mind getting paint, glue, etc. on.
  • There are NO ASSIGNED SHIFTS  all available work is on a First Come, First Serve bases.
  • Wear old, comfortable closed-toe and closed-heel shoes. No sandals allowed.
  • Long hair should be tied back.
  • Limited Snacks will be available to all volunteers. 
  • Music players with headphones may not be worn while working on the float.
  • Cell phones may not be used on the float, ladders, or scaffolding. Step outside to a safe area to use your phone.
  • Smoking is not allowed within 50 feet of the work areas.
  • Please lock your valuables out of sight in the trunk of your car or leave them at home. Please do not bring purses into the float site.
  • Adhesives and paint used on the float have the potential to cause skin and respiratory irritation. Masks and gloves are available upon request. Those who use an inhaler or Epi-Pen should carry those items on their person and notify our staff at check-in.
  • No running, horseplay, or unsafe activity in the work areas. Unsafe behavior will be grounds for removal from the work site for the remainder of the season.
  • Inappropriate language or actions, or failure to follow directions of our staff are grounds for removal from the work site.
  • DRFA does not carry medical insurance for volunteers. Volunteers are expected to carry adequate personal medical insurance.
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