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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 Brings Home Animation Award

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Burbank Tournament of Roses Association members all appeared overjoyed after 6:00 a.m. on January 1, when the results of the Tournament of Roses awards were made public.  The float “Stomping Good Time” received the Animation Award in this year’s 130th Pasadena Rose Parade.

The Animation Award was given for the most outstanding use of animation. This year, almost every character on Burbank’s float moved or was animated in some way.

This year the float was co-designed  by Brian Cozakos and Adam Ostegard of Burbank. Cozakos, a member of the Burbank Association for most of his life, was ecstatic by the win. The award was Cozakos first win and Ostegard’s fourth winning float.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

 

Cozakos is also a volunteer with The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association and had the honor of escorting the winning float down the parade route.

The award-winning float “Stomping Good Times” will return to Burbank late Wednesday evening, January 2, and be on display until Sunday night, January 6, at the corner of Olive and Glenoaks Boulevard.

A Photo Gallery of this year’s Rose Parade:

 

 

Burbank Tournament of Roses Float Entry “Home Tweet Home” Seen by Millions

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The Burbank Tournament of Roses Association’s entry into the 128th Rose Parade was “Home Tweet Home” was the Associations 85th entry and the 70th consecutive float into the Rose Parade.

The 128th Rose Parade’s theme ‘Echoes of Success’  was what the association was given to work with and their float depicted a flock of birds supporting new parents by helping them build a bigger home.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Burbank’s entry has been self built by community members since the group formed many years ago. This year they had over 300 people listed as working on, volunteering, or helping make “Home Tweet Home” a dream come true. The members of Burbank Tournament of Roses cut, glued, applied some 60,000 flowers to this years entry.

Burbank’s float is limited to the types of awards the Pasadena Tournament of Roses awards to floats. This year the Association didn’t come home with  an award from Pasadena but won awards to the volunteers and citizens of Burbank who are always proud when they see the entry in the parade.

The Burbank float will remain on display in Pasadena at Sierra Madre & Washington Blvd at post parade events till Tuesday Evening at which time it will return to Burbank and be on display at the corner of Olive Avenue & Glenoaks till Sunday evening.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Members of The Burbank Tournament of Roses Association will be on hand selling Souvenirs accepting donations and signing members of the public up who would like to be members who Association. They will also  be running the  the Animation at specific times depending on weather, fuel and other conditions.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

 

The Burbank float shared fame with local Equestrian and well known USC mascot Traveler  riden by Hector Aguilar a John Burroughs High graduate.

For Burbank residents who haven’t ventured to a Rose Parade as of yet our photographs captured a couple of the sights that aren’t covered when watching the parade from your favorite sofa.

2016 Rose Parade Honors Burbank’s Float The Theme Award For Excellence

Burbank’s Self Built float in the 127th Rose Parade  “Find Your Adventures” will be coming home to Burbank with the Theme Award for Excellence.  The Theme Award is given for Excellence in presenting the parade theme by parade officials.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

This years parade had bands from across the country, along with actors and actresses that have been seen on the golden screen, sports celebrities, and this years Grand Marshall Ken Burns Award making filmmaker.

The Royal Court of this years parade were Rose Queen Erika Karen Winter and her princess Bryce Marie Bakewell, Natalie Breanne Hernandez-Barber, Rachell Chacal Renee Liu, Donaly Elizabeth Marquez, Regina Marche Pullens, and Sarah Sumiko Shaklan.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The float will return to Burbank late Sunday evening and will be on display Monday and Tuesday at the corner of Glenoaks Blvd. & Olive Avenue with animation running at 11 am,1pm,3pm,5pm and again at 7pm.

Here is a gallery of pictures from this years parade from our Chief Photographer Ross A. Benson :

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burbank Tournament of Roses Has 2016 Float Design Approved

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President Ginny Barnett goes over the details of the float with general membership

 

A design for Burbank’s 2016 entry into the Rose Parade has been accepted by the Rose Parade Committee in Pasadena.  The entry was designed by Linda Ackerman-Cozakos and Adam G. Ostegard.

There is still not a name for he float but the Burbank Tournament of Roses group is planning to ask the public to submit ideas soon.

Linda Ackerman-Cozakos one of the designers of Burbank's 2016 entry

Linda Ackerman-Cozakos one of the designers of Burbank’s 2016 entry

2016 Rose Parade Float Rendering

2016 Rose Parade Float Rendering

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.

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

Burbank Tournament of Roses Association Celebrates Another Great Year

The Burbank Tournament of Roses Association (BTORA) recently held their Awards Banquet and Installation of Officers and Directors. And the 75-plus attendees had plenty to celebrate. Their 2013 float entry, “Deep Sea Adventures”, had won the coveted Fantasy Trophy.  The sight of two big sea horses pulling a young girl’s fanciful submarine carriage delighted Rose Parade viewers—and later on, Burbank on Parade watchers. (For extensive photos of this and other BTORA floats, please visit www.burbankrosefloat.com.)

Ginny Barnett, BTORA President and Ed Morales, Pasadena Tournament of Roses Post Parade Chair for 2014, unveiling the Fantasy award from the Burbank entry in the 2013 Rose Parade (Photo Courtesy BTORA)

Ginny Barnett, BTORA President and Ed Morales, Pasadena Tournament of Roses Post Parade Chair for 2014, unveiling the Fantasy award from the Burbank entry in the 2013 Rose Parade (Photo Courtesy BTORA)

Ed Morales, Tournament of Roses Association (TORA without the “B”) Post Parade Chairperson 2014, was on hand to unveil the Fantasy Trophy, a handsomely mounted photo of the 2013 float. Along with BTORA, the “Deep Sea Aventures” designer Richard Burrow was on hand to receive the kudos.

In this young 21st Century, BTORA has already won eight major trophies, winning  consecutive trophies from 2010 to 2013.

Tom McIntee, Vice Chairperson of the Pasadena Post Parade Committee, honored the BTORA participants who conducted their usual first-rate training and “Float 101” training and orientation program, held last November.

2014 float entry currently titled Movie Magic, and waiting for its colors and materials to be decided, along with the selection of a permanent name (Photo Courtesy BTORA)

2014 float entry currently titled Movie Magic, and waiting for its colors and materials to be decided, along with the selection of a permanent name (Photo Courtesy BTORA)

Vice-Mayor Emily Gabel Luddy de-installed the 2012 Board of Directors only to re-insatall practically all of them for 2013, including now-2013 BTORA President Ginny Barnett. Onward to the 2014 float!

Throughout the evening, people supported BTORA by purchasing raffle tickets, making silent auction bids, and purchasing DVDs of the 2013 float.

Heather Brown, Chairperson of the Banquet Committee, and her fellow committee members made sure the end of one BTORA year and the beginning of another was marked by an evening of fun and appreciation.

One more thought: Burbank has been making heroic efforts to create and maintain a strong arts program in the public schools. (See myBurbank.com article on the Burbank Arts For All Foundation.) BTORA’s a wonderful example of what people can do when they stay in touch with their inner artist.

General Manager of Burbank Water and Power, Ron Davis, with President Ginny Barnett (Photo Courtesy BTORA)

General Manager of Burbank Water and Power, Ron Davis, with President Ginny Barnett (Photo Courtesy BTORA)

postcard of the 2013 entry (Photo Courtesy BTORA)

postcard of the 2013 entry (Photo Courtesy BTORA)

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)