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How did Conover’s Michael Paysour prepare to ring in the New Year? Not by watching television as a glass ball descended a pole in Times Square; not by watching fireworks or by clinking champagne glasses.
He celebrated the week leading up to the New Year by getting glue on his fingers and “pushing petals.”
Michael belongs to the Petal Pushers, an elite corps of volunteers who travel from all over the country to gather in Pasadena, Ca., each year.
These volunteers spend the week attaching thousands of roses, carnations, lilies, mums and other flowers, as well as natural materials such as seeds, coffee beans and leaves, to create the majestic beauty and splendor of the floral floats riding down Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard during the annual Rose Parade on New Year’s Day.
To read more of this story, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.