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Burbank Float On Public Display Through Sunday

The award-winning Burbank Rose Float “Stomping Good Time” has returned to Burbank and is on display at the public parking lot located at Glenoaks Boulevard and Olive Avenue.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Members of the Burbank Tournament of Roses Association will be on hand to answer questions and sell souvenirs to help raise funds for next year’s float.

The float’s animation runs each day at 11:00 – 11:15 a.m., 1:00- 1:15 p.m., 3:00-3:15 p.m., 5:00-5:15 p.m. and 7:00-7:15 p.m., depending on rain, fuel and other conditions.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)


On Thursday, January 3, several people stopped by to get close up pictures and pose for selfies.

On Monday, January 7, the float will return to the City barn where it was constructed. On Saturday, January 12, volunteers will start to deconstruct the float.

The Burbank Tournament of Roses Association is always looking for volunteers and more information can be found on their website.

Burbank’s Rose Float ‘Are We There Yet’ Ready For Pasadena

Burbank’s Rose Float “Are We There Yet” passed the final judging Thursday afternoon and is ready for the trip to  Pasadena for this year’s 127th Rose Parade “Find Your Adventure”.

Burbank City Officials took the time to pose for pictures, and thank the workers first hand, many still with glue on their hands.

Burbank’s float was the only entry that took the California’s Drought into consideration and is using recyclable water for the vials that hold the flowers.


Burbank Rose Float Presents Open House And Craft Faire

On Saturday, October 5, the Burbank Tournament of Roses Association holds its annual Open House and Craft Faire at the group’s construction and decorations site at the Burbank Water Power Yard on Olive Avenue. The event is open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. People will have a chance to view the float’s progress in construction and shaping and shop for holiday gifts and crafts from a large selection of vendors.

rosefloatlogoPasadena Tournament of Roses officials will also stop by at 6:30 a.m. for their first inspection of Burbank’s 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade entry. The float’s super structure is about half-way completed, as the Burbank Association volunteers have been working steadily on the float for the past several months.

“The first inspection is a mechanical inspection of the drive system. Then, the second inspection is a road test. This will be the first time we have taken the float outside and driven the float down the street to see how everything performs. It’s both exciting and a little scary, since we don’t know what surprises may come up,” comments Association Vice President Steven Edward. “This will also be Pasadena Tournament of Roses first look at the float under construction and their ability to provide feedback to us on any mechanical or safety issues they are concerned about.”

The Open House and Craft Faire is the major fundraiser for the Burbank Tournament of Roses Association. More than 25 vendors will be on hand, selling crafts, unique gifts and other handmade items. Handy Market will provide their famous BBQ and Tri-Tip sandwiches for lunch and fresh Kettle Korn will be made on site. The Association’s permanent Souvenir Shoppe will also be open, debuting the 2014 float merchandise of pins, patches, shirts, postcards and more. Additionally, 50 prizes will be raffled off.


“This is going to be a long day for all the volunteers, but also a very fun day,” adds Mr. Edward. “Overall, I’m very proud of all the hard work our volunteers have put into the float and this event. I hope everyone comes out to see the float and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon at the Craft Faire.”

“Lights… Camera… Action!”, the 2014 Parade entry, depicts a working movie set complete with props, sets and filming equipment. The float depicts a villain driving a train towards a damsel in distress who is awaiting rescue by a horse-riding hero. A camera man and director capture the action.Producer, director, writer and Falcon Theatre owner Garry Marshall has been chosen to occupy the director’s chair. The float was designed by contest winners Bill and Carol Cotter and Stacia Martin.

The Burbank Tournament of Roses Association is also celebrating the centennial anniversary of the City of Burbank’s first float entry in 1914 and the 82nd float entry overall. The nonprofit group relies on donations, fundraisers and volunteers to run the organization and build and decorate the City of Burbank’s annual entry in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, held every New Year’s Day. Burbank is one of just six “self-built” float builders who design, construct and decorate a float entry entirely by volunteers.

The Burbank Water Power Yard is located under the Olive Avenue overpass at 123 W. Olive Ave. in Burbank. Free parking is available at the nearby Metrolink parking lot. For more information and exact driving directions, visit the Burbank Tournament of Roses Association website.


Peter Musurlian Nominated for Two Los Angeles-Area News Emmys

Veteran broadcast journalist Peter Musurlian has been nominated for two 2012 Los Angeles Area Emmys: one for a local story on the Burbank Rose Float, and the other for an in-depth look at a Europe-based non-profit environmental organization, which focuses on national parks in the Caucasus region of the former Soviet Union.

The 50-year-old Station Manager & Senior Producer of the City of Burbank’s government access station, called “The Burbank Channel,” has garnered 10 prestigious RTNA Golden Mikes over the past decade and, over that same time period, has received six Emmy nominations from the Academy of Televisions Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood, California.

Musurlian hopes to win an Emmy on August 11, 2012, since, so far, that distinction has slipped his grasp.

Musurlian was nominated in the Public & Municipal-Operated Cable category for his mini-documentary, called “The Burbank Centennial Rose Float.” His fellow nominees in that category hail from the cities of Santa Monica, Lakewood, and Glendale.

The second Emmy nomination came in the Information Segment category for his piece called, “Saving the Wild: The Caucasus Nature Fund.” Musurlian shot the story last summer in Armenia and Georgia.

He faces stiff competition from KCET’s flagship news program, SoCal Connected, which was nominated for its investigation into the spending habits at the Los Angeles Housing Authority.

Musurlian has a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism & Political Science from USC in Los Angeles, as well as master’s degrees from Baylor University (Political Science) in Texas, American University (Journalism) in D.C, and the University of Redlands School of Business (Management) in California.

In the 1980s, Musurlian reported for television stations in Montana, Texas, and Washington D.C., and for nearly a year in the 1990s, worked as a solo television journalist for the U.S. Army in Central Europe, venturing into Hungary, Croatia, and Bosnia, for which he received a NATO Medal and an Army Commendation Medal.

Deadline for Burbank Rose Parade Float Design Contest January 25

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).

For additional information on the contest and the Design Form, go to http://www.burbankrosefloat.com/forms/DESIGN13.pdf.
For more information, visit www.burbankrosefloat.com or email info@burbankrosefloat.com.

Last Touches Being Made to Burbank’s Rose Parade Entry

Burbank’s entry in this years Rose Parade which falls on Monday January 2 and is scheduled to be the 37th out of 92 entries in the lineup of the Grandest Parade of them all.

Volunteers work on completing the task of putting dry materials in place on this years entry into the 2012 Rose Parade. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s float, ‘The Dream Machine’, is being built by volunteers again in the BWP garages located under the Olive overpass.  If you would like to go buy and see the final

product before it makes its way to Pasadena Sunday night, park  in the Metrolink lot located next door to the ‘Float Barn’.

This years float uses thousands of flowers, seeds, apples and oranges, and other natural items.


Materials getting prepared for this years Burbank's entry into the 2012 Rose Parade. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Materials getting prepared for this years Burbank's entry into the 2012 Rose Parade. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)