posted Mar 4, 2019, 7:25 AM by David Colcher

Annually, the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association is proud to award a scholarship to a qualified college-bound student.
Reed Fundter is our 2018 recipient.
Reed Fundter getting scholarship award from Board Member and Scholarship Committee Member Greg Murphy
Reed Fundter getting scholarship award 
from Board Member and Scholarship Committee Member Greg Murphy


posted Sep 20, 2018, 8:20 AM by David Colcher


2018 Sierra Madre Rose Float Association Princesses

Emily Verdin  (Alverno Heights Academy). Petra Shair  (Pasadena High School),

Emma Allen (Pasadena High School), Amy Stapenhorst (Westridge School)

2016 Princesses

posted Sep 5, 2016, 10:38 AM by David Colcher


SMRFA 2016 Princesses

Emily Lopez, Cameron Martinez, Kari Savoie, Katie Stapenhorst

They have been representing the Float Association at local functions and activities and rode on our float on New Year’s Day in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade.

SMRFA Princesses

posted Aug 28, 2015, 8:46 AM by David Colcher

Sierra Madre Rose Float Association

 2014-2015 Princesses

SMRFA 2015 Princesses
Princesses: Kayla Rice, Alexi Zate, Britney Stone, and Kristine Kuhn

(from left to right)

Kristina Kuhn is in 11th grade at St. Lucy's Priory High School;  Kayla Rice is in 11th grade at Peace and Justice Academy; Britney Stone is in 12th grade at San Marino High School; Alexi Zate is in 12th grade at La Salle High School.

SMRFA Princesses: Hannah Latham, Tessa Rose Brandstater, Madison Vlcek
2013-14 SMRFA Princesses: Hannah Latham, Tessa Rose Brandstater, Madison Vlcek


posted Aug 3, 2011, 8:18 PM by David Colcher   [ updated Sep 5, 2016, 10:39 AM ]


posted Apr 18, 2011, 9:04 AM by David Colcher

The BINGO was a big success.  Thanks to all who helped put it together and to all the attendees.  Fun was had by all in the remoldeled Rec Center.

Design Next Year's Float

posted Jan 31, 2011, 3:09 PM by David Colcher

"Sueños de California"

Sierra Madre's entry in the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade

- Best depiction of life in California -

We would like to thank all those that have participated
 in making and decorating this award winning float.

It is already time to design next years float.

The design contest for the 2012 parade is open.  Submissions are due January 28th by 5pm. 

posted Jan 31, 2011, 3:06 PM by David Colcher   [ updated Jan 31, 2011, 3:11 PM ]


posted Nov 9, 2010, 12:05 PM by Website Administrator


Saturday, December 18 and Sunday, December 19
9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Free lunch will be provided!

“Sueños de California” has the potential to be one of Sierra Madre’s most beautiful floats ever. Because this year’s entry is so large, we are hoping to complete at least 35% of the decoration before Christmas. To reach this target we need your help!

We’d love to have you join us any time during the month of December to help decorate, but December 18 and 19 are days when we especially need all hands on deck.

Join us for a Deco Blitz! Help decorate the spires of the mission in oatmeal, cinnamon and sesame seed. Create bark for palm trees and bougainvillea vines. Experienced decorators might detail monarch butterfly wings with intricate patterns of orange lentil, rice and strawflower.

Work is available for all experience levels, however we mainly need volunteers aged 14 and up. All minors must have a release form signed by a parent prior to working. Release forms are available at the Float Barn. There’s no need to call ahead of time unless you are bringing a large group (more than 6 people).

Float decorating is a lot of fun, but it can be messy so wear your grubby clothes. Free lunch will be provided.

See you at the Blitz!

Float Barn
587 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.

Sierra Madre, CA 91024


posted Nov 9, 2010, 12:01 PM by Website Administrator

Saturday, November 6, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Have you worked on the construction crew before? Or have you ever wondered how a Rose Parade float is built? We need you! Come join us Saturday, November 6 from 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Barn for a "Construction Blitz”!

For those of you who have worked on the construction crew before, there will be a list of projects ready to go, awaiting your expertise.

Sierra Madre is also eager to welcome new members to our construction crew. Whether you have years of welding and mechanical experience or none at all, we hope you'll join us to see if float-building is the hobby for you.

Try your hand at creating some of the finishing touches for the float. We will be bending pencil steel and welding it into the shape of palm fronds, bougainvillea vines and citrus trees. You might also pitch in and help to prepare the float for flowers by covering it in foam.

Everyone will have an opportunity to see the domes mounted on the mission bell towers. Once the domes are in place, we'll drive the float outside the barn and test the hydraulic lift mechanism that will raise the towers 30 feet in the air. We'll also test the animation systems that operate a dozen giant butterflies and a burro-drawn cart.

Sierra Madre is committed to creating a fun, family-friendly environment where all are welcome. With an all-volunteer crew Sierra Madre has built five award-winning floats in a row. We hope you'll join us Saturday, November 6 and help us keep up the good work.

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