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Burbank’s Rose Float Brings Home ‘Fantasy’ Trophy

Burbank's Rose Parade Float comes home a winner with the Fantasy Trophy. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s Rose Parade Float comes home a winner with the Fantasy Trophy. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

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Burbank Tournament  of Roses Association once again outdid themselves as they were awarded the Fantasy Trophy at this year’s 125th Rose Parade.

Burbank's award winning float " Light Camera Action" with Director Gary Marshall sitting in his Directors Chair as his son Scott operates the camera on the opposite side. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s award winning float ” Lights,Camera, Action” with Director Gary Marshall sitting in his Directors Chair as his son Scott operates the camera on the opposite side. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The float entitled, “Lights! Camera! Action!,” was conceived, built and decorated completely by volunteers along with the City of Burbank’s financial backing and has become a huge source of pride for the City each year.

Renowned film Director, Writer, and Producer, Garry Marshall and his son, Scott, were on the float as it passed down the parade route. Marshall also owns the Falcon Theater in Burbank.

The Fantasy Trophy is presented each year to the float with the Most Outstanding Display of Fantasy & Imagination.

The float will be escorted back to Burbank for public viewing on Thursday.

The parade, with Dodger legend Vin Scully as the Grand Marshal, went flawlessly. Photographer Ross A. Benson captured some of the site from this year’s parade.

Grand Marshall of the 125th Rose Parade Vin Scully with wife Sandy. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Grand Marshall of the 125th Rose Parade Vin Scully with wife Sandy. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Rose Parade Quuen Ana Marie Acosta of Altadena. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Rose Parade Queen Ana Marie Acosta of Altadena. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The 3 Finalist ride in the first ever float from the new TV music show THE VOICE. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The three finalist ride in the first ever float from the new TV music show THE VOICE. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Harlem Globetrotters take a quick pose while spinning and preforming. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Harlem Globetrotters take a quick pose while spinning and performing. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s Rose Float Ready to Roll After Judging

The judges were in Burbank for the last time on Tuesday, December 31, as the final looks were made of Burbank’s Float. Garry Marshall was on hand with Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy to lend support.

Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy and Director Gary Marshall sit on this years Rose Parade "Lights Camera Action" that will roll down this years 125th Rose Parade. Gary's son Scott Marshall sits running the camera behind.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy and Director Garry Marshall sit on this years Rose Parade “Lights Camera Action” that will roll down this years 125th Rose Parade. Garry’s son Scott Marshall sits running the camera behind.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Rose Parade judges  James Folsom, Cheryl Cecchetto and Rene Van Rems puts the last roses on this years Burbank Float after it's final judging Tuesday afternoon.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Rose Parade judges James Folsom, Cheryl Cecchetto and Rene Van Rems put the last roses on this year’s Burbank Float after its final judging Tuesday afternoon, December 31.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy thanks Veteran Director Gary Marshall for his participation. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy thanks Veteran Director Garry Marshall for his participation. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Tournament of Roses “Floats” Their Way to Success

Getting presented their Mayor's Award by Pasadena T of R President Sally Bixby, last years Burbank T of R President Robert Hutt and Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson )

The Burbank Tournament of Roses Association (BTORA) celebrated another triumphant year at their Awards and Installation of Officers and Directors Banquet last Saturday evening at the Little White Chapel.

For four of the past five years, Rose Parade viewers have seen BTORA floats garner major awards:

  • 2012 Rose Parade: “The Dream Machine” float won the Mayor’s Trophy for the most outstanding float by a city.
  • 2011 Rose Parade: “Centennial Celebration” float won the Founder’s Trophy for the most beautiful entry decorated by volunteers from the sponsoring community or organization.
  • 2010 Rose Parade: “Barnyard Aces” float won The Animation Trophy for best animation and motion.
  • 2008 Rose Parade: “Oktoberfest” float won the  Founder’s Trophy.

In earlier years, BTORA floats have also won the Queen’s Trophy, Bob Hope Humor Award, Pioneer Trophy and Builder of the Year Award.

Sally Bixby, 2012 President of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, made a formal presentation of the 2012 Mayor’s Trophy at the banquet. She praised the BTORA members for their “passion and dedication”.

Mayor Jess Talamantes with Incoming and outgoing Presidents along with council members Emily Gabel - Luddy and Dr. David Gordan. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes conducted the installation of BTORA’s 2012 Officers and Directors:

Ginny Barnett—President

Ricky Batt—VP Administration

Steve Edward—VP Float

Robin Hanna—Treasurer

Jon Reeves—Secretary

BTORA Directors include Erik Andersen, Linda Cozakos, Bob Ford, John Hames, Jeff Helgager, Ron Hughes, Dr. Suresh Iyengar and Janet Diel (City Liaison).  They will be rolling up their sleeves to begin work on the 2013 float, which will feature a whimsical underwater theme.

Pasadena Tournament of Roses President Sally Bixby. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Robert Hutt, outgoing 2011 BTORA President, expressed his deep appreciation to his directors and the entire BTORA organization for another great year, as well as his appreciation for the ongoing support of the City of Burbank and the community.

Council members Emily Gabel-Luddy and Dr. David Gordon were also on hand to congratulate BTORA on their outstanding efforts. In a letter to BTORA,  43rd District State Assemblyman Mike Gatto called attention to “the positive and lasting difference “ BTORA has made to the Tournament of Roses and Burbank.

Incoming Burbank Tournament of Roses 2013 Board & Directors. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

A cake was made with last years winning float. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Rose Parade Street Closures In Case You Are Going

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the following ramps and roadway for the 2012 Rose Parade:

Ventura Freeway (SR-134)

  • Eastbound Orange Grove Blvd. off-ramp

TIME: 8 p.m. on 1/1 to noon on 1/2

  • Westbound Orange Grove Blvd. on-ramp

TIME: 2 a.m. on 1/2 to noon on 1/2

Foothill Freeway (I-210)

  • Westbound Sierra Madre Blvd. off-ramp

TIME: 8 p.m. on 1/1 to 4 p.m. on 1/2

  • Eastbound Sierra Madre Blvd./San Gabriel Blvd. off-ramp

TIME: 8 p.m. on 1/1 to 4 p.m. on 1/2

Long Beach Freeway (SR-710)

  • Southbound Del Mar Blvd. off-ramp

TIME: 8 p.m. on 1/1 to 11 a.m. on 1/2

  • Northbound Del Mar Blvd. on-ramp

TIME: 8 p.m. on 1/1 to 10 a.m. on 1/2

  • Northbound California Blvd. on-ramp

TIME: 6 p.m. on 1/1 to 11 a.m. on 1/2

Pasadena Avenue

  • Columbia St. to Del Mar Blvd.

TIME: 8 p.m. on 1/1 to noon on 1/2

 

Motorists are advised to plan ahead, be patient, and use transit or alternate routes.

Burbank’s Rose Float Entry – 25 Years Ago

Burbank's entry in the 1987 Rose Parade 'Internation Flight'. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

1987 Rose Parade Grand Marshal Pele. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A look back 25 years ago or a quarter of a century to 1987, when most of us had more hair and much smaller waist lines. These pictures are from Ross’s Retro file from The 1987 Pasadena Rose Parade, Burbank’s entry was ‘International Flight’ the theme of the parade was ‘A World of Wonders’ and the Grand Marshall was Pele. Burbank didn’t walk home with any awards this year as they have in more recent years. This float was again a self built entry and totally completed by volunteers.

 

Burbank Rose Float Comes Home For Community Viewing In New Location

Photo By Craig Sherwood

Members of the Burbank Tournament of Roses Association and members of the Burbank Police Dept. battled stormy conditions Sunday night to bring back Burbank’s award winning float.  The float, “Centennial Celebration”, is now on view at a new location this year at the corner of Olive and Glenoaks.  Members of the public can now take a close look at the float which was awarded the Founder’s Trophy and talk to members of the Burbank Rose Float Association.

Burbank Kicks Off Centennial Celebration Sending Rose Float To Pasadena Where It Wins Founders Award

Just before leaving for Pasadena, Burbank's Rose Float gives a fireworks show for the thousands who came out for the sendoff Friday night. All of the hard work and effort was rewarded as the float brought home the Founders Trophy. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Thousands of Burbank residents stopped by during the three hour party under the Olive Overpass and were treated to music and free food courtesy of the Cartoon Network (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

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