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The Rose Parade – Organic for 120 years – you gotta love it

Every inch of every float must be covered with flowers or other natural materials, such as leaves, seeds or bark.

The process starts with a specially-built chassis, upon which is built a framework of steel and chicken wire. In a process called “cocooning”, the frame is sprayed with a polyvinyl material, which is then painted in the colors of the flowers to be applied later.

Volunteer workers swarm over the floats in the days after Christmas, their hands and clothes covered with glue and petals. The most delicate flowers are placed in individual vials of water, which are set into the float one by one.

Computerized animation has had an enormous impact on Rose Parade floats. Recent Parade floats have featured King Kong stomping through a floral jungle, a guitar-playing dinosaur, pigs dancing the hula and a 60-foot-tall talking robot, all controlled by computers.

But through all the changes, the Rose Parade has remained true to its floral beginnings, and each float is decorated with more flowers than the average florist will use in five years. Applications for floats are accepted usually more than a year in advance.

via The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade

 

Beach Volleyball at the Manhattan Beach Open

This weekend, Aug 26-28, kicks off the Manhattan Beach Open. The largest and most famous of all the beach volleyball tournaments which features 64 pro teams per gender, including top Olympic teams.

Often called the Masters or Wimbledon of beach volleyball. The players call it the holy grail due to its top prize money, massive media presence, and, most importantly, each winner gets enshrined in the “Volleyball Walk of Fame.”

This memorial features bronze statues that span the length of the Manhattan Beach Pier. It is definitely the “one tournament that all players want to play in”.

Schedule

  • Friday, Aug. 26, 8am – 7pm (16 courts)
  • Saturday, Aug. 27, 8:30am – 7:15pm (16 courts)
  • Sunday, Aug. 28, 9:15am – 5:30pm (4 courts)
    • Women’s final at 2:15pm
    • Men’s final (televised live on Versus) at 4pm

The total prize money is $200,000 and the event has a rich history dating all the way back to 1960. “The Manhattan Open was the precursor to everything that has developed in beach volleyball including the Olympics.”

This year, the 51st one, features a three-day, double-elimination tournament. Admission is free and the location is the south side of the Manhattan Beach Pier.

Just to get you excited, check out this trailer for the classic beach volleyball movie featuring C. Thomas Howell -

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More Details

Facebook Event

IMG Announcing the Open

Registration Information

NBA-er Kevin Love to participate

USA Volleyball Announcement

Jose Cuervo Poster (sponsor)