IRWINDALE (CBSLA.com) — Artists and volunteers were busy on Sunday preparing their floats for the New Year’s Day Rose Parade.

Rose Parade floats often take months to create. But float builders kick into high gear in the week preceding the parade as their creations, which started as small models, take shape as towering works of art.

KCAL9’s Greg Mills got a firsthand view from the cockpit of one of the floats. Even as float drivers are often contained in a small cage-like cockpit for a couple of hours, dozens of people volunteer to steer the moving works of art, eager to participate in the parade’s long tradition.

The 127th Rose Parade will take place as always on New Year’s Day in downtown Pasadena.