Q: How is a band selected for the Inaugural parade? Are all states represented? Who pays for the expenses?
—Mary Kreisle, Atlanta
A: Bands and groups in this year’s parade were selected by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, and this year’s parade was organized by the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region. Applications were taken online. More than 2,800 groups – including marching bands, mounted units and cultural organizations — applied, and 59, representing all 50 states, were chosen, according to the Presidential Inaugural Committee’s website (www.2013pic.org). Many bands and groups raised money and took donations to pay for the trips, according to published reports. The Georgia State University Marching Band marched in this year’s parade, and South Cobb High School’s band marched in 2009.
Q: What happens to all those flowers after the Rose Parade is over?
—Susan Rosmarin, Atlanta
A: If the flowers haven’t wilted, some will go to area hospitals or other organizations, the Los Angeles Times reported, but particularly warm weather causes the flowers to wilt quicker than usual. If the flowers wilt, they are turned into compost or potpourri, according to published reports. Vials holding flowers typically are washed and re-used, according to KABC-TV in Los Angeles. The 125th annual Rose Parade was Jan. 1.
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