USA (CA): Building a Rose Parade float is costly; inflation and the pandemic didn’t help

Rising inflation is having an impact on Pasadena’s Rose Parade float-builders as volunteers struggle to raise funds for the larger-than-life floats that will file down Colorado Boulevard on Monday, January 2.

The spectacles on wheels warm the hearts of millions worldwide who annually tune in to catch a glimpse of the procession on television or in person.

But supplies and funding to construct a 75-foot float for the Rose Parade have never come easy, especially in cities like Downey and Sierra Madre, where volunteers build the award-winning creations instead of professionals.

The increasing costs of steel and florals combined with unprecedented shipping delays caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic are newfound roadblocks in the race to vial 10,000 roses before New Year’s Eve, said Kay Sappington, who’s led Sierra Madre’s float decorating team for nearly 20 years.

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