Driving a Parade Float is Way More Complex Than You Thought

Parade floats look so pretty as they slowly meander down the street, celebrating whatever holiday we decided to take off work for. They're bright and colorful and often covered with flowers. They transport celebrities and beauty queens and all sorts of important people. But have you ever wondered how they drive? One of the most famous parades is the Rose Bowl Parade, which is held in Pasadena, California, on New Year's Day. It's been a tradition for over 100 years, and the people that make the floats have it down to a science. You might think the insides of those floats are as plush as a luxury car, but that's not even close. Autoblog's The List got a firsthand look at the guts one of these things, and it looks more like something you cobbled together in your garage. RELATED: See Images of the 1938 Cadillac V-16 Presidential Convertible Parade Limousine
You don't have any windows, so you're driving a giant vehicle down a narrow road surrounded by lots of people without a decent view. They're also incredibly complex. The number of buttons and dials and switches on the dashboard makes it look a little bit like the cockpit of a plane. A screen mounted on the dashboard and a headset for people who are your eyes on the outside are all that stand between you and mayhem. RELATED: Watch a Crazy Parade Float with a Working Roller Coaster