By Tammye McDuff
The Downey Rose Float Association [DRFA] has been participating in the Pasadena Rose Parade since 1913, winning their first award as fourth place in 1920. The group incorporated in 1954 and has continuously participated in the parade each New Years Day thereafter. The DRFA has won 11 Founders Awards, two Lathrop K. Leishman trophies’ and a Volunteers award. Downey is classified as a ‘self-built’ entry. This exclusive classification is one of six floats that is entirely built, decorated and financed by volunteers, making the float a real community endeavor.