Walking around the warehouse home of Burbank’s Rose Parade float is a bit like a movie set — you’ve got constant motion, many colorful set pieces and the star of the show has lost her head.
Her head’s actually over in makeup, where it’s joined by several other large heads. Her “makeup artists” are creating a very special concoction to get that camera-ready tone; a mixture of white rice and dried roses are pureed in blenders and coffee grinders.
“It’s just amazing — they take the flowers and they make it into mulch and you get … that,” said Lisa Patino, a first-time volunteer on Burbank’s Rose Parade float.
This year’s theme, “Lights, Camera, Action!,” marks the city’s 82nd entry into the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade. The all-volunteer production takes months to assemble, but in the days leading to New Year’s Day, the Burbank Water and Power warehouse on Olive Avenue is overrun by volunteers.