Want to Help Deconstruct the SPTOR Float?

The dismantling began last weekend, and will continue Saturday and Sunday.

South Pasadena's prize winning float, Sailing the Sea of Knowledge, is midway through deconstruction, and could use some more hands to undo all that was done. 

Dismantling began last weekend, with the flowers trashed and the steel recycled, but there's still more work to do, said Chris Colburn, construction chair for the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Committee. The committee recently earned the City Image Award, given to individuals or groups who enhance the image of the city beyond its borders. 

And on Jan. 1, the float won the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Founders' Trophy, which recognizes "the most beautiful float built and decorated by volunteers from a community or organization.''

And now they must un-decorate.

The committee and what's left of the float are located at the War Memorial building at 435 Fair Oaks Ave. The undoing will resume at 8 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday, and committee members would love any extra help they can get. 

So, after all those long hours of work for months at a time, are there any emotions that bubble up when you tear apart the rose parade's oldest self-built float?

"It is kind of sad to tear apart something that we put thousands of man hours into building and decorating, but we are all used to it and don't really get too attached to what we build,'' Colburn said.

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