Flowers are one of the most widely-used parade decorations.
It takes nearly a year to develop, design, build, and decorate a parade float, and thousands of volunteers to help put it together.
Parade flowers come from every continent on Earth, except Antarctica.
“Flower parades” are parades in which all the floats, vehicles, and participants are covered in flowers.
- Two of the most famous flower parades are the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, and la Feria de las Flores in Medellín, Colombia.
- An average 50-foot float in the Rose Parade contains more flowers than the typical florist sells in 5 years.
- A float in a flower parade uses as many as 500 varieties of flowers.
What are some of the most commonly used flowers used to decorate parade floats?
- Roses – Elegant and lovely, this is a parade classic.
- Carnation – Carnations are durable and long-lasting, which makes them perfect for use on floats and parade costumes.
- Tulips – Despite their rank as a favorite, working with tulips isn’t easy. They must be kept in water.
- Gladiolus – The gladiolus’s big petals and bright colors make it a favorite of parade designers when “petaling”—a process were decorators affix individual petals to floats.
- Marigolds – It takes 36 marigolds to cover one square foot of float area.
- Iris – The iris is often the flower responsible for the blue hue needed to mimic waterfalls, streams, and fountains.
What are you favorite parade flowers?