Marian Moon and daughter Melissa Miller will ring in the new year in sunny California as they watch the Rose Parade up close and personal.
“We've watched the parade faithfully on TV for years and have always fantasized about what it would be like to see it in person,” said Moon, a retired Devon executive.
In July, Miller, 36, who owns a landscaping business in Edmond, looked up parade volunteer opportunities online. She signed up herself and her mother to volunteer, booked a hotel room for the two of them in Pasadena, Calif., and reserved seats to watch the parade on New Year's Day.
Moon's husband and two other daughters could not make the trip due to conflicts in their schedules.
“We've taken girl trips before, but this is our first trip to California,” Moon said.
On Monday, they helped put the final touches and the parade's signature fresh flowers on two floats that will be featured in the parade.
The Rose Parade will usher in the Rose Bowl Game, which is also on Wednesday. This year marks the Rose Bowl's 100th game. The Michigan State Spartans will play the Stanford Cardinals in Rose Bowl Stadium.
The Rose Parade will begins at 10 a.m. Local TV coverage is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. on KFOR-4 and at 10 a.m. and noon on Hallmark and HGTV cable networks.