What is the experience needed and age requirement to be a Petal Pushers?

No prior experience is needed because you will be instructed by experienced float crew chiefs and decorators. There is no upper age limit. Due to insurance regulations and safety concerns Petal Pushers must be at least 13 years old to decorate.

How or where do I register to volunteer?

You may register on-line at: Shortly after registration, you will receive a confirmation email listing your decorating site location, date, and shift time.

What do I do after receiving my email confirmation?

See the Check-In information on the PetalPushers website at to learn what to do before coming to your assigned decorating site location.

Where will I be working?

5400 Irwindale Ave. Irwindale, CA 91706

Where do I park?

Follow parking signs.

What should I wear?


The dress is "socially grubby". This means you don't come home smelling bad, however, it does mean you might get dirty. During decorating days (Dec. 26th through Jan 1st) Petal Pushers must wear an official Petal Pushers® tee shirt or sweatshirt. (Shirt can be from the current year or any prior year.) These shirts identify you as an official Petal Pusher volunteer, and serve as your "entrance ticket" into the decorating facility.

Petal Pushers' shirts can be purchased at the decorating location (at full price) or purchased at a discounted price on our website at

December mornings can be chilly in Pasadena (temps in the 40's) so dress warm in layers but, the Petal Pushers shirt must be worn as the outer-most garment.

What time do I report to work?

You should arrive no later than 30 minutes before the beginning of the shift you are assigned. All volunteers have to be signed in and given instructions prior to going into the building to decorate.

What will I be doing?

All Tournament of Roses Parade Floats are decorated with materials that were once living (organic material). These items include the traditional roses, many types of flowers and even fruit but, also dry materials are used like rice, seeds, corn husks, straw flowers and tree bark. The materials are applied to the float based on the projected life of the item.

On detail decorating days dry materials are prepared and applied to the floats. Closer to the date of the parade, live flowers are prepared and applied to the floats. Petal Pushers are involved in all aspects of the float decorating process from cutting dried flower petals, to cutting and inserting live flowers into water vials, to decorating on the floats. Petal Pushers are also expected to clean up at the end of your shift.

Can I select which float I work on?

No, the Petal Pushers? volunteer coordinator at each location assigns you to a float based upon decorating schedules and needs.

What is available for lunch or dinner?

We sell a combo meal consisting of an individual Pizza Hut pizza and a canned soft drink or bottled water for $5.00. You are also free to bring your own meal.

If you are part of group of five (5) or more it is requested you bring a completed PIZZA ORDER FORM. Meals are ordered on-site at the start of your shift.

What should I bring or not bring with me?

Please do not bring MP3 players, iPods, radios, or ear bud listening devises as these are not permitted for use while decorating for safety reasons.

Please do not bring large bags, purses or back packs as there is no lockable storage area.

Please leave valuables and expensive jewelry at home.

Bring some money to purchase lunch, souvenirs, pins, candy or snacks from the LHMFC booth. Picture taking is permitted but, remember your primary responsibility is to work decorating the assigned float.

How long will I work?

Work shifts are 8 hours in length and you are expected to work an entire shift and expected help with clean up at the end of the shift.

When you volunteer you select a date(s) and shift time. You may register for multiple shifts.

When does work begin on the floats?

Building a float is a year around project. Work begins in January when Phoenix Decorating takes the float back to their workshop to tear down the old float and prepare the chassis for the coming year. Meanwhile, the designers begin developing concepts and sketches for the next year as soon as the theme is announced by the Tournament of Roses Association in mid-January. When the drawing concept is approved construction begins early in the year.

Do all 4,500 to 5,000 Petal Pushers? volunteers work on the Lutheran Hour float?

No. Petal Pushers decorate approximately 10 other floats as well.

How does decorating other floats help the Lutheran float?

Phoenix Decorating, our float builder, makes a donation to the Lutheran Hour Ministries Float Committee (LHMFC) in proportion to the number of hours worked by our many volunteers. It is very important you are signed in with the Petal Pushers? volunteer coordinators at both decorating locations so we are credited for your work.

Are all the volunteers working on floats called Petal Pushers?

No, Petal Pushers® is a registered trademark of the Lutheran Hour Ministries Float Committee. Committee members are identified with red jackets or shirts with the Petal Pushers@reg; logo. Most of the other volunteer decorators are from service organizations (Rotary, Kiwanis, etc.) or employees of cities and corporate float sponsors (City of Alhambra, Farmers Insurance, City of Hope Cancer Center, etc.).