South Pasadena Tournament of Roses
The oldest self-built float in the rose parade
Anyone is welcome to submit a float design concept for the SPTOR float! Just send us a simple sketch of your idea or concept and you could see it come to life on New Year's Day. We can't wait to see your creativity at work! Please consider the 2024 Rose Parade theme below and see our design submission form for more details. All submissions must be postmarked or received by 5pm on January 20th, 2023 for consideration. Drop off and mailing locations can be found on the submission form.
2024 Rose Parade Theme: Celebrating a World of Music: The Universal Language
The 2024 theme celebrates the role of music in our lives and as part of our collective culture and unique stories.
Volunteer Parking: Volunteers will be able to park on Fair Oaks and W. State Street. (Do not park in the shopping complex parking lot.)
Handicap Parking: Handicap Parking will be provided on the North Side of Mound Street (from Fair Oaks to the War Memorial parking lot entrance).
Resident Parking: Residents of Mound Street will be issued permits. The permits are only for the residential area located West of the War Memorial parking lot entrance.
Volunteer Drop-Off/Pick-Up: The area directly in front of the War Memorial parking lot entrance is designated for the drop-off/pick-up of volunteers. There will be no parking across from the entrance to the parking lot to allow vehicles to turn around.
SPTOR and the City of South Pasadena Police and Fire Chiefs have worked together to develop a parking plan at the float site (435 Fair Oaks Ave) that will provide better volunteer access, reduce traffic congestion, increase safety, and provide parking for the residents of Mound Street. The plan, outlined below, will be implemented at the float site from December 26th to January 1st.
Volunteers are needed from June through November to help build the core of the float prior to its final floral decorations. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to offer your time and skills.
Volunteers are needed to add flowers, seeds, and other materials that will turn the float into a beautiful work of art. We begin decorating in October, culminating in "Deco Week" December 26th-30th. Please review our decoration schedule to see our working days and times.
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 review our calendar and sign-up form links below.
We award service hours for time worked. Please ask the volunteer sign-in staff to complete your form.
Note: After 12/10 we will not be taking reservations for volunteers. Please come down to the float site for first come first serve shifts!
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 Colorado Boulevard on New Year's Day. If this will be your first time decorating a Rose Parade float, 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. Newcomers and old-timers alike are welcome to join the decorating effort. Before you do so, please review the rules and guidelines to ensure an enjoyable and safe experience is had by all.
All volunteers must complete a Medical Release Form. Every minor must have a parent/guardian signed form. Please fill this out prior to your arrival and bring a printed copy with you to the float site. Please do not send us your form prior to your volunteer shift.