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A GROWING PASSION: Flowers And Floats - The Rose Parade

Gummy bear hijinks...stealing the "T" from university with Host Nan Sterman. See it in "Flowers And Floats - The Rose Parade."
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Gummy bear hijinks...stealing the "T" from university with Host Nan Sterman. See it in "Flowers And Floats - The Rose Parade."

Stream now or tune in Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 at 9:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Pasadena California’s annual Rose Parade is world famous for spectacular floats covered in petals, seeds, leaves, grasses and bark.

On this episode, we follow a group of Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo college students who together design, build, and drive the Universities’ 68th annual contribution to the float flotilla.

We show the entire process, from concept to construction, decoration to operation. Along the way, we take a side trip to one of the dozen California flower growers who supply the project with more than 50,000 flower stems.

Viewers will see how the preparations involve hundreds of volunteers who handle each bloom individually as it is prepared and applied to the float.

We get a birds eye view of the 44 floats as they roll down Colorado Boulevard, and afterwards, get up close to examine the details and work that goes into these masterpieces of floral artwork.

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From earth-friendly and water-wise gardens to organic foods and habitat restoration, San Diegans demand options that protect our health, feed our communities and protect our natural resources. Hosted by Nan Sterman, A GROWING PASSION explores backyard food production, major horticultural growers, low-water landscapes and sustainable practices around the home and in the garden.

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