Karla Martinez, 20, said she likes having animals on the float.
"I'd always get jealous when I saw other floats with animals," said Martinez, a junior at UC Santa Barbara and graduate of Glendale High School.
Mkrtchian said she liked the fluffiness of the 25-foot-tall craft.
Not only is Meatball's animatronic likeness popping out of a trash can covered in fluffy uva grass, but his nose is dotted with cordone puffs, a soft yellowish-orange round plant that gives the nose a teddy-bear quality.
Other animals on the $150,000 float will have a fluffy texture, too. Both a coyote and a deer feature pampas grass, which looks like beige feathers. How volunteers apply the materials changes the look for each animal. The deer gets a hair spray treatment to give its "fur" a sleek look, while the coyote's fur has more volume.
Sarah Hasenfus, an 11-year float decorator, said when she was decorating the deer, she imagined what a horse would look like.
"I've never seen a deer, but I've ridden horses and taken care of them so I could envision how I wanted the fur to look," said the 26-year-old.
Ground coffee is being used to decorate the deer's antlers, and like most of the animals, it has seaweed for eyes, which gives a slick, shiny look.
The bear's eyes also feature powdered rice and onion powder.
"It smells really bad, but after a while, you get used to it," Martinez said.
Volunteers have been working on the float since Dec. 14, sometimes decorating for more than 15 hours a day.
Mkrtchian said she can't wait to see the completed float.
"It's always a masterpiece," she said.
The float, Glendale's 100th entry into the Pasadena event, is slated to be the third craft in the parade line.
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