Ah, the Rose Parade. It’s an American tradition that’s over 100 years old. It’s a showcase for creativity, ingenuity, and beauty. The majestic floats covered with flowers make for a wonderful, warm way to welcome in the New Year.

Yeah, we haven’t seen one in years either.

Are you kidding? January 1st is National Hangover Day. We don’t wake up before 4:32pm if we’re lucky. And when we finally do slither out of bed, the last thing we want to see is a bunch of creepy floats clawing their way down the road while marching bands blare at full blast.

Frankly, it makes us nauseous. That and the 18 shots we took the night before.

But if you’re like us and not particularly interested in the Rose Parade, we have an alternative that might just pique your interest.

On Saturday, January 12th, you can volunteer to decommission a Rose Parade float, Burbank’s “Deep Sea Adventure.” And when we say decommission, we mean dismantle, tear apart, DESTROY.

Of course the whole event will be supervised and organized, LAist reports, meaning you can’t take a flamethrower to the thing (damn). But you will be able to say you helped trash a float, which is much cooler than saying you helped build one.

All you have to do is show up at the Burbank Water and Power yard (123 West Olive Ave.) between 10am and 6pm with work clothes and gloves and you’re good to go. Heck, they’ll even feed you while you’re there! Score!

So let’s recap:

  • Saturday, January 12th
  • Burbank Water and Power yard between 10am and 6pm
  • Bring work clothes and gloves
  • Destroy a float
  • Get fed

Sounds like a happy new year to us!

– Carlos Delgado, CBS Radio


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