Beverly Stansbury, project manager for Fiesta, said Hollopeter is one of 23 paid floral designers who arrive in the days before the parade to carry out a head designer’s vision for the floats. Fiesta, based in Irwindale, Calif., is one of several companies that builds parade floats.
Stansbury said the work requires top florists, given the complex designs and scale of the projects. Each float holds between 20,000 and 40,000 pounds of flowers.
“We’re not doing little arrangements you send to a hospital. Some of these arrangements are so heavy we have to lift them with a fork lift if they’re done off the float,” Stansbury said. “These designers that come in, they’re world quality designers.”