About $800 to $1000. Accounting for inflation, that would be equal to about $16,000 in 2015 money. (Today a float cost upwards of $250,000)
The Altadena Chamber of Commerce sponsored the 1942 float and in 1941 raised funds directly from the community. Most people gave between $1 and $5 dollars. The largest donation was $100.
|The Chamber kept a record of who gave how much.|
This is how the Chamber described the float:
“On an oval base 24 feet long and 12 feet wide, all in solid heather, will be placed a large shield with an open center, topped by a beautiful golden eagle with seven foot wing spread. Directly below the eagle is a gorgeous flower ribbon bearing the words, “Lest we Forget”.
List of flowers:
- 2500 sprays of heather
- 500 red hot-house roses
- 7500 Delphinium and corn flowers
- 10,000 white pom-pom chrysanthemums
- 18,000 white narcissus, maiden hair fern and other greens
- 5,000 sweet pea flowers
- 5,000 soleil d’or and yellow and bronze mums
- Lily of Valley as funds allow
Today, Rose Parade floats cost upwards of a quarter million dollars. Altadena was priced out of the pageant in the late 1960s when cost climbed to around $10,000. (That would be equal to $67,000 in today’s money.)
Visit AHS to see an exhibit featuring Altadena’s participation in the Rose Parade during the last seven decades. We’re open Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, 9 am to 1 pm.
Our special hours are Saturdays from 2 pm to 4 pm through January 12, 2016. That means you can come in January 2 if you’re looking for something fun for all those bored house guests.