With her dad under the weather, Andy Lindry (Rachel Boston) steps in to lead the family’s Pasadena-based business, Sunshine Floats, through the current float-building season. And with only one float to build this year, Andy knows it must be stunning for the business to keep going. When go-getter executive Cliff “The Bulldozer” Baskers (Marc Bendavid) shows up to personally oversee the building of his company’s float, the artist and the businessman quickly discover they have very different approaches to getting the job done. But once they get past their initial differences, something special starts to blossom between them and each discovers in the other something they’ve both been missing.
Cliff plans to run the operation like a business whereas Andy, an artist with years of float-building and decorating experience, knows that creativity has its own schedule and comes from the heart. The two butt heads, but somehow manage to assemble a ragtag team of volunteers to decorate the float. Facing once setback after another, the float is in real jeopardy of being disqualified from the parade – unless they can completely overhaul their plans, pull together an exhausted team of volunteers, get back on track and deliver by New Year’s Eve.
Working side by side toward their common goal, Cliff and Andy discover that they may have misjudged one another and an undeniable spark of romance is ignited between them. But when Cliff enters a painting by Andy into a charity auction without telling her, she becomes furious. Cliff has touched a raw nerve in Andy, who is uncertain of her talent, but Cliff convinces her that his appreciation of her painting is genuine and the couple is thrilled when her painting nets a high price at the auction.
Their joy is short-lived, however, when Cliff’s boss arrives on the scene, sends Cliff packing and demands that Andy abandon her showy additions and simply deliver the no-frills float he ordered. But Cliff and Andy refuse to give up and, together with their weary crew, the pair welcomes the arrival of volunteer reinforcements and 20,000 fresh roses. It’ll be down to the wire but if Andy has her way, Sunshine Floats is about to deliver its greatest Rose Parade masterpiece ever...though it’s going to take a minor miracle to get it finished by New Year’s.
The cast also includes Mark Steines, Venus Terzo, Karen Holness, Ali Milner, Austin Obiajunwa, Nels Lennarson, Graham Croft, Diane Verhiel, Michael Kopsa, Darryl Shuttlesworth, Ramon Terrell, Katherine Slingsby, Jenson Kerr, Andrew J. Watson, Nicholas Simmons, Darlene Tait, Justin Carter, Roderick Glanville and Leanne Allen.