Volunteering for Float Decorating

Thank you for your interest in volunteering to decorate the SPTOR float. It is truly a rewarding experience to watch a float you helped create proudly turn the corner on to Colorado Boulevard on New Year’s Day.

If you are a first time decorator, you will get a glimpse of the long hours and dedication put into each float, as well as the wonderful memories of working with the community to create a work of art.

New comers and old-timers alike are welcome to join the decoration effort. Before you do so, please review the rules and guideline to ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for all.

Decorator Rules and Guidelines

  • No running
  • No horseplay
  • No abuse of products
  • No ear buds or headphones
  • No cell phones (can be used in the parking lot)
  • No one under age can leave the site without an adult
  • No smoking within 50 feet of the work areas
  • No inappropriate language or actions 
  • Follow instructions given by the Float Crew Members

Breaking any of these rules will result in the individual(s) being asked to leave the site. If under age, a parent/guardian will be called.

  • All volunteers must complete a Medical Release Form. Every minor must have a parent/guardian signed form. Please complete the form prior to your arrival and bring a printed copy with you to the float site. Only printed copies are acceptable. 

  • Pre-Registered Volunteers, please arrive 15 minutes before your shift start time and stay until your shift is over.
  • Walk-Up Volunteers, please arrive 30 minutes before the shift start time.
  • Our float site is an outdoor venue with uneven terrain which is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Adhesives, paints, and even natural products have the potential to cause skin or respiratory irritation. Please notify the Float Crew if there is an issue. Those who use an inhaler or Epi-Pen should carry those items on their person and notify the Float Crew at check-in.
  • All local Health Department guidelines with respect to Covid-19 precautions at the time of float decorating will be followed.
  • Coffee and hot chocolate will be available in the volunteer tent. Sodas, water, and snacks will be available for purchase. ​Please bring your own snacks/meals as necessary.
  • Please lock your valuables out of sight in the trunk of your car or leave them at home. SPTOR is not responsible for your personal property.
  • SPTOR does not carry medical insurance. Volunteers are expected to carry adequate personal medical insurance.

Age Requirements/Restrictions

  • Age 10 to 14 - must be accompanied by an adult. Children must be supervised by parent/guardian at all times.
    • Age 10 to 12 - can only work outside the float tent
    • Age 13 - can work inside the float tent
  • Age 14 and older - can work on the float structure
  • Age 16 and older - can work on the float structure and scaffolding
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate volunteers under age 10

How to Pre-Register to Volunteer

We begin decorating in the fall, culminating in "Deco Week" December 26th-30th.

Volunteers are welcome to join at any shift for walk-up, first-come spots, but we also take advanced sign-ups to ensure you can help at your desired time. Advanced sign-up is especially encouraged for larger groups. Please use the sign-up link below.

We award service hours for time worked. Please ask the volunteer sign-in staff to complete your form.

Contact volunteer@sptor.org if you have any questions or concerns.

​​The oldest self-built float in the rose parade