I grew up in So. Calif. and our church group used to decorate the floats. Now that I am an adult, I am lucky enough to have some wonderful friends who live close to the parade route. So, we take advantage of their hospitality every couple of years to go see the parade. Everyone should experience it once in a lifetime. The floats are amazing. Every inch covered by a living plant. The bands and equestrian units are always very impressive. Everything is much better than it looks on TV. Splurge and buy some seats along the parade route and enjoy. It is one of the best things you can experience!