Deadline for Burbank Rose Parade Float Design Contest January 25

Design of 2012 Burbank Rose Float

The Burbank Tournament of Roses Association is currently accepting “design concepts” for the City of Burbank’s Rose Parade float entry into the annual Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade for 2013. Anyone may submit an entry.  Ideas with a simple sketch must be received by the Association by 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25, 2012.

The Board of Directors of the Association will select at least four designs to present to the General Membership, who will then make the final choice. The judging will be done on a “blind” basis, where the identity of the designer(s) will not be known until after the final vote.  If the chosen design is accepted by Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, the winning designer will receive two tickets to the 2013 Rose Parade.  If there is more than one designer, the prize will be shared between them.

Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association will announce the actual Parade Theme on January 20, 2012.  However, a basic “high concept”, or “hint”, has been given as a general guide as follows:

“The 2013 Rose Parade Theme encourages” imagery that “picture[s] the journey of our lives once un-tethered from the perceived constraints of convention”… to “reflect[s] on [our] passions and to conceive of a plan to make them realities”.  It also encourages to “inspire wonder”, “ignite a sense of adventure” and to “motivate us to embrace all that lies ahead and to follow our bliss with joy and optimism”.

The theme looks to be both “whimsical and childlike”, reminding us “that every journey begins with a first step, and that making a difference in one’s own life and in the lives of others can begin again at any point along our life’s path.”  It asks to show a “rejoice in the accomplishments of others and to ask ourselves: ‘Why wait. Maybe I can do that too.’  It should “speak to our deepest personal dreams and most treasured memories…a call for personal action…a message of aspiration and of doing our best” and “an affirmation that we own the ability to make the most of every choice we find before us.”

Subjects to include: “Around the World, Education, Fun, and World and Life Changing”  events.

Entry Requirement:

The sketch of the design must be in black and white, and on paper no larger than 11″ by 17″ in dimensions. For equal fairness in the judging process, the Association will not be accepting color sketches or oversize paper.

A written explanation of the ideas and representations can be included, and in order to keep things anonymous, the completed and signed entry form must be placed in a sealed envelope secured on the back of the artist(s) sketch(es).

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