Dec. 31 - Volunteers make their final preparations ahead of the 125th annual Rose Parade, which is set to kick off the New Year on January 1st. Tara Cleary reports.
The famous Rose Parade has been held on New Year's Day for almost 125 years. It started as part of a travel campaign promoting Southern California's "Endless Summer," and became an annual tradition. Every year thousands of volunteers help with the preparation. And true to the parade's name, the floats use a lot of roses. SOUNDBITE: Tim Estes, president of Fiesta Parade Floats, saying (English): "We have well over a million flowers that are going to be used on our 13 floats, probably the most prominent flower we use is roses, obviously due to the varieties." Tim Estes is president of Fiesta Parade Floats and he says each float weighs about 43 thousand pounds - that's almost 20,000 kilograms. Roses mean romance for many and the parade has seen a number of weddings in its history. And in 2014, gay couple Danny Leclair and Aubrey Loots will tie the knot. Loots says Leclair's proposal took him by surprise. SOUNDBITE: Aubrey Loots, planning to marry Danny Leclair during 2014 Rose Parade, saying (English): "I was actually traveling and he sent me this message saying, 'Hey you want to get married on a float, I was approached by AIDS healthcare foundation?' and I said, 'You're crazy!' and then I said of course, let's do it, let's celebrate our love in front of the world." Crowds are expected to start gathering on New Year's Eve as they try and secure the best spots along the parade route.