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

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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.

Volunteers are needed to add flowers, seeds and other materials that will turn the float into a beautiful work of art.

We begin decorating in December during our "Deco Week" which starts on December 26th until the float leaves for the parade the night before the Parade, from 10am to 10pm.

Decoration Period
Dec 26th - Dec 31st*
10am - 10pm

13030 Erickson Ave.
Downey, CA 90241
Parking is available onsite.
Signs will be posted to help direct you.
* Decorating ends at 12 noon on Dec 31st or when the float is complete. 
  • Please note there are no assigned shifts.
  • All volunteer assignments are first come first served 
  • Depending on rate of completed tasks there may be periods of downtime while one task is finished and the next is prepared.
  • Please review the decoration Rules and Guidelines below before arriving.  


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.
  • 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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