I’ve arrived at the Flower Cage and my sinuses beg me to turn around and get back in the car. They’re quickly appeased, however: The covered area behind the Burbank Water and Power Auxiliary Warehouse is more like a tent than a standing structure, and though many volunteers pack the space on this warm Friday afternoon, the air is comfortable and relaxed.
I’m told that’s usually the case when volunteers get to work on flowers for Burbank’s Tournament of Roses Parade float.
“As long as they’re around the flowers they’re happy; they’re not around the fumes of the glue,” said Philippe Eskandar, the floral prep supervisor.
I’ve shown up ready to volunteer, but organizers are facing a good problem — the great weather has encouraged many volunteers to aid in the float’s construction, so there’s not much work at the moment.