Members of Girl Scout Troop 2440 really have no idea what they are in for when they venture to Irwindale Saturday to join thousands of other volunteers in putting the final touches on the City’s 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade float.
“Many have never seen the parade in person and do not know what to expect but are really looking forward to it,” said troop leader Julie Schouten, noting that two girls have an uncle who lives along the parade route and have been fortunate to witness the majestic beauty and splendor of the parade. “They are so excited.”
Julie certainly is, as float decorating runs in her family. Julie’s mom grew up in Pasadena and spent years working on floats – enjoying every little detail, every fragrant smell and the sheer excitement of it all. Julie has always wanted to follow in her mother’s footsteps.
The longtime Mission Viejo resident will get that opportunity to live vicariously through her Girl Scouts who will work the day shift Saturday and night shift Tuesday. Their efforts will culminate in an exciting day viewing the parade along the parade route and seeing the fruits of their labor on New Year’s Day.
“We are all driving up together to watch the parade and are so thrilled to see the City’s float when it is all decorated,” Julie said.