The Downey Rose Float Assoc. won the Governor's Award in yesterday's Tournament of Roses Parade, drawing praise and recognition from media outlets around the world.
The L.A. Times interviewed float builder Kelley Roberts, who has been working on Downey's float for nearly 40 years.
"A state employee by day, Roberts said he has worked on the Gold Rush float pretty much every evening since August. He designed and built the float's roller coaster, which he planned to ride during the parade.
"After the parade is over, Roberts said he will manage it on display near Pasadena High School. And in about two weeks, after the flowers have dried and crumbled, he will strip the float, tear it down and not look back.
"He has next year to think about."