Rose Parade Float | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

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Rose Parade Viewing Party

Watch the Rose Parade live inside the Museum. Fun float-themed crafts and activities for the whole family including a scavenger hunt throughout the day!

Monday, Jan. 2, 2012

7:30 am - 11:00 am

Free with General Museum Admission.  Free for Museum Members.

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From Flowers to Float

NHM's Rose Parade Float Field Trip

Take a behind-the-scenes trip to the Phoenix Decorating Company, the largest builder of Tournament of Roses Parade floats.  Get an up close look at the creation of the first ever NHM Rose Parade float and see what it takes to make one of these moving, flowered pieces of art.
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Rose Parade Float


For the first time in history, NHM will have a float in one of the most famous parades in the world!  The Museum masterpiece entitled "Dinosaurs in L.A.'s Backyard" will dazzle its way down Colorado Blvd on January 2, 2012. The float design features a replica of the Museum's original building that will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2013 and is fronted by three life-size stars from the new Dinosaur Hall.  Triceratops, Thomas the T. rex and Mamenchisaurus are loose on the lawn in front of the 1913 Building and are headed for the city's rose garden! 



Thomas' head will be covered in green brussel sprouts, dark green galyx leaves, lime green romanesco, parsley flakes and whole split peas.  Other plants and flowers being used to decorate the lush landscape are artichokes, Spanish moss, white kale cabbage, lotus pods, Mexican papaya and of course, roses!  Rose bushes and plants with lively names like "green sexy rexy" and "green lava flow" will be featured.



Starting at 10 am on Monday, Jan 2, cast your vote for Favorite Float.  Look for CITY OF LOS ANGELES when voting for the NHM float .  Cast your vote here



NHM Floatmaker

Phoenix Decorating Company
Rose Palace
835 S. Raymond
Pasadena, CA 91105



Check out the progress so far including photos from the first decorating day on Dec 3.  We want to see your pictures in our Flickr photo group! Learn more.


Help support NHM by sponsoring the first-ever NHM Tournament of Roses Parade float. There are multiple sponsorship levels available and each comes with its own special benefits among which include recognition on the NHM website and preferred access to see the float in action at the parade!

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Get all the details about The Rose Parade Presented by Honda, The Pasadena Tournament of Roses and The Rose Bowl Game Presented by VISIO here.