Iowa Florist Heading to Rose Parade

Rose Parade

Laurel Hollopeter has loved the lavish flower-trimmed floats of the annual Rose Parade ever since he was a young boy watching the spectacle from a farm in eastern Iowa.¬†Today the 53-year-old Hollopeter is an experienced Iowa-based floral designer. He will work on decorating some of those very floats for the 2014 New Year’s Day parade in Pasadena, Calif.

Hollopeter¬† headed to California on December 26th, where he’ll spend several days working as a paid floral designer for Fiesta Parade Floats, a company that is creating 13 floats for the event held the morning before the Rose Bowl.¬†Hollopeter, the floral manager for a Hy-Vee supermarket in Iowa City, calls the work “a dream come true.”