By Associated Press - Wednesday, December 31, 2014

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California cold snap may have a wilting effect on the famous floral floats that cruise through Pasadena on New Year’s Day during the annual Rose Parade.

Forecasters say temperatures could dip as low as 29 degrees in the wee hours Thursday.

Float designer Charles Meier of Paradiso Parade Floats says such chilly temperatures could turn some of the tropical flowers black.

All the floats must spend the night outside and have no protection from the cold.

Float builders are also using twice the normal amount of glue to affix flowers because of the cold.



Meier says the chilly temperatures make the glue thicker and less sticky.

For example, he used 80 gallons of glue to attach 60,000 green carnations to a float that features a giant green hippo.

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