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The Rose Parade is over, here’s what happens to the floats and their millions of flowers

By in Press Enterprise on January 8, 2018

By Jason Henry

Throughout the San Gabriel Valley and out into the Inland Empire, a post-Rose Parade tradition is taking place with little fanfare.

Volunteers and float builders are plucking flowers from the parade’s most popular floats, slicing up metal frames and setting aside thousands upon thousands of recyclable floral vials for next year’s bloom.

In most cases, the metal, bent and weakened to form unique shapes, will be melted down by various recycling companies. Millions of flowers and thousands of other plants will become mulch or compost. Some will end up in landfills, others will help new life grow.

  • Andrea Fetterman of Pasadena and Rossana Nied of Sierra Madre with Girl Scouts Troop, 8941 from Altadena, dismantle the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association’s “Chivalry” float in Sierra Madre, Calif. on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (Correspondent photo by Trevor Stamp)

  • Rossana Nied, of Sierra Madre, with Girl Scouts Troop, 8941 from Altadena, helps dismantle the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association's “Chivalry” float in Sierra Madre, Calif. on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (Correspondent photo by Trevor Stamp)

    Rossana Nied, of Sierra Madre, with Girl Scouts Troop, 8941 from Altadena, helps dismantle the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association’s “Chivalry” float in Sierra Madre, Calif. on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (Correspondent photo by Trevor Stamp)

  • Volunteers from Girl Scouts Troop, 8941 from Altadena, helps dismantle the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association's “Chivalry” float in Sierra Madre, Calif. on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (Correspondent photo by Trevor Stamp)

    Volunteers from Girl Scouts Troop, 8941 from Altadena, helps dismantle the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association’s “Chivalry” float in Sierra Madre, Calif. on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (Correspondent photo by Trevor Stamp)

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