Clubs Get Creative With Parade FloatsWednesday, January 04, 2012 By Brittany Christensen
This year the Interact and NHS club have decided to help out by decorating floats for the Rose Parade held in Pasadena. The Rose Parade is an annual event that was started on January 1st, 1890 for America’s New Year celebration. Hundreds of thousands of people watch the Rose Parade either by going to see it live in Pasadena or right at home on their TVs. This year the Parade will have 43 floats, 21 bands and 18 equestrian units. About 30 students from Interact club signed up to go down, which is the majority of the club. As for NHS, about 25 wanted to go but only 15 were chosen with the rest put on a waiting list. Interact Club went to Pasadena on December 3rd and will go on New Year’s Eve. NHS volunteers helped out on December 3rd with Melissa Chen and December 10th with Cat Nolan. “We’re sponsored by Rotary, so we thought we would return the favor by helping out,” said Kiki Hui, Interact Club President. NHS is not sponsored by anyone, however they signed up through Kiwanis International, which is similar to Rotary. This is the first year NHS has done the Rose Parade and students were very eager to participate. On December 3rd the NHS students got off to a slow start with the float they were supposed to decorate not ready to work on. After a couple hours of prepping, the Trader Joe’s Float was painted and all set to embellish. “They were able to glue stuff on and do different things on the Trader Joe’s Float. It was more fun; you know the kind of job you would rather do than sitting there cutting flowers all day!” said Chen, who was with the students on that day. Being able to decorate floats for the Parade was a great opportunity for these clubs. They enjoyed having the chance to volunteer for it and many hope to have the same opportunity next year.