Downey Rose Parade float back on its wheels after 2 years of financial struggles

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Downey’s in-progress float is seen in the city’s Christmas parade. Riding on it: young women crowned queens and princesses in a local fundraising pageant. The finished float will appear on January 2, 2023 during the Pasadena Tournament of Roses parade. Photo by Rebekah Ludman.

After the pandemic led to financial troubles, Downey’s float returns this year to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. It’s thanks to a community effort and beauty pageant fundraiser.

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