Burbank Float Designs Sought for 2016 Tournament of Rose’s Parade


Have you always had a great idea for an award winning Rose Parade float? Then put pen to paper and submit your design ideas to Burbank’s 2016 float contest.

“Since our very first float, Goddess of Plenty built in 1914, we have asked the community to submit float ideas,” said Erik C. Andersen, Design Contest Chairman and Historian for the organization. “Having our floats designed by the public is what makes our entry into the rose parade so special each year.”

“You don’t need to be an artist to submit an idea, we just need a simple sketch and a great description of what you want the float to look like,” said Andersen. “Oh… and it does help if it fits the theme of the parade.”

The theme for the 127th Rose Parade is “Find Your Adventure”.

Burbank Float ContestThis year’s theme grew out of a unique partnership between the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the U.S. National Park Service. The 2016 Rose Parade will help shine light on the centennial celebration of our nation’s national parks.

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Both the Tournament of Roses and the National Park Service aim to preserve history, connect people through real-life experiences and engage the public in new adventures. “As proponents of the American spirit, we encourage you to find beauty in the landscape that builds the backdrop of your lives.”

Mike Matthiessen, president of the 2016 Tournament of Roses Assoc, described the theme as “Every person’s adventure is different – you may find yours at the top of a mountain or in your own backyard; your adventure may be extraordinary or familiar. However you define it, you will find your adventure and enrich your life.”

“The sketch of the design must be in black and white and on paper no larger than 11” by 17” in dimension,” said Steve Edward, Vice President – Float, “We have a few days left to receive design ideas.”

If your design is selected, you will receive two tickets to the 2016 parade!

Design ideas must be received by 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. For more rules and the entry form visit the BTORA website at http://www.burbankrosefloat.com/forms/DESIGN16.pdf

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