Some of us would rather party and get drunk on New Year’s Eve than camp outside in the cold to watch the Tournament of Roses Parade the next morning. But you can still marvel at the floats just a few feet away from the parade route at Post Parade: A Showcase of Floats. On view will be some of the more than 40 floats, including the ones representing the teams playing at this year’s Rose Bowl game, the Oregon Ducks and Wisconsin Badgers. Nearly 150,000 visitors will be getting a closer look at these floral and mechanical beauties, which took 80,000 hours and 935 volunteers to decorate, and are covered in grass, plants, seeds, bark and a whopping 18 million flowers. Volunteers will be on hand to discuss the workmanship involved.
E. Sierra Madre Blvd. & E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena; Wed., Jan. 1, 1-5 p.m. & Thu., Jan. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; $20, free children 5 and under. (626) 795-4171, sharpseating.com.