The Downey Rose Float Association will start decorating their entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade on Monday, Dec. 26.
Keeping in the theme of the Tournament of Roses, Echoes of Success, this year entry is titled “The Gold Rush.” It will feature a fully functioning roller coaster.
Decoration week will be December 26 through January 1 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the float site, 13030 Erickson, Downey.
The parade is Jan. 2 and begins at 8 a.m.
The Tournament of Roses has had a “Never on Sunday” tradition since 1893, the first year since the beginning of the Tournament, that New Year’s Day fell on a Sunday. The Tournament wanted to avoid frightening horses that would be hitched outside churches and thus interfering with worship services so the events were moved to the next day, January 2. Though horses are no longer outside local churches, the tradition remains to this day.