Iowa florist heading to Pasadena's Rose Parade

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Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Laurel Hollopeter has loved the lavish flower-trimmed floats of the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena ever since he was a young boy watching the spectacle on television from a farm in eastern Iowa.

Today Hollopeter, 53, is an experienced Iowa-based floral designer who will work on decorating some of those very floats for the 2014 New Year's Day parade. He's heading to California on Dec. 26, 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.

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