Volunteers enter the final stretch of preparations for the 128th annual Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, California. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Hundreds of volunteers gathered in Pasadena, California on Thursday (December 29), to put the finishing touches on floats scheduled to appear in the 128th annual Tournament of Roses, more commonly known as the New Year's Day Rose Parade. Forty floats will make their way through Pasadena, each decorated with thousands of flowers, seeds and beans, says Chris Lofthouse, president and CEO of Phoenix Decorating Company. Phoenix Decorating Company is one of three firms that participate in decorating the floats. This year Phoenix is decorating 17 of the parade's floats. The Rose Parade is normally held on January 1, but it has a long standing tradition that it is "never on a Sunday." That means that this year's parade will take place on Monday, January 2nd. The rule was established in 1893. The annual Rose Bowl Game will also take place on January 2, after the completion of the parade.