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Florist owner participates in Rose Parade

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The owner of a Louisville florist is back in town this week after his annual visit to California.

Each year, Michael Gaddie takes part in the iconic Rose Parade in Pasadena on New Year's Day. The floats are among the most elaborate in the world.

"Our float, the Sea World float, had 110,000 roses on it," said Gaddie.

Gaddie is the owner of Lloyd's Florist on Preston Highway. Every year for the past 13 years, he spends the week between Christmas and New Years in Pasadena working for a company that builds some of the floats.

"I enjoy it -- it is just a prestige thing," he said.

Since the flowers on the floats have to be as fresh as possible, that means the work goes right up to the last minute.

"It's mostly fun," said Gaddie. "It does get stressful because you are on a timeline."

Gaddie says this was a very successful parade for the company that employs him, Fiesta Parade Floats.

"We won nine awards," he said. "We had 12 floats -- nine of our floats out of 13 won."

Gaddie says his trip generates a lot of interest from his customers.

"I have hundreds of people following me on Facebook," said Gaddie. "I have pictures of the float building and time lapse that people like to watch to see how these floats come together."

Gaddie says he's had a chance to ride in the parade on a float that he helped to build.

He adds, "When you see people screaming and carrying on, they just love your float and clapping, it is just a great experience."

An experience he hopes to continue for many years to come.

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