Rest”) got into building parade floats because someone wouldn't let him
join in a parade. He was studying martial arts and wanted to march with
his class in the city's Chinese New Year Parade.
When the parade rebuffed his advances, he and his fellow students donned gold masks and joined anyway. They kept the tradition up for a few years, and finally the parade capitulated. They didn't just invite him to participate, they asked him to make them some parade accouterments and he's been in the parade industry “hardcore” for 20 years ever since.