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Burbank’s Rose Float Ready For A Parade

Burbank’s entry into this years Tournament of Roses Parade was judged for the last time Tuesday afternoon, the Burbank Float Rise Up pulled out and headed to Pasadena around 7 PM.

Hundreds of volunteers put in countless hours applying flowers, seed, everything organic to make the float what it has become. This year parade titled ‘The Power of HOPE.

City officials along with Parade Judges posed for pictures and put the final roses onto the float at the judging.

Burbank’s Rose Float Awarded Founder Award During 129th Parade

This year the Burbank Tournament of Roses entry for the 129th Pasadena Rose Parade themed “Making a Difference” rolled down the five-mile parade route with the Founder Award Banner. The Founder award recognizes the most outstanding float built and decorated by volunteers from a community or organization.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The 45-foot float, “Sand-Sational Helpers,” designed by 14-year-old Catherine Glandon of Burbank, traveled along Colorado Boulevard and was viewed by millions on the television broadcast, in addition to the thousands in attendance.

Hundreds of volunteers put in many hours to finish the float on time for judging. The float featured items you might find left on a beach and conveyed the message that recycling is important. Every year, the association reuses float parts from previous years. They even water all their flowers using recycled water.

Grand Marshal Gary Sinise was recognized for his extensive humanitarian work on behalf of veterans across the country. He proudly cruised down the parade route waving to admirers and fans.

The royal court and Queen Isabella Marie Marez also were featured on a float.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Here is a photo gallery from this year’s Rose Parade, click on any picture to enlarge it.

Burbank’s Rose Float Entry “Sand-Sational Helpers” Finished and Ready for Parade

Float Designer Kat Glandon of Burbank looks at the almost finished float during judging Saturday afternoon.( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

This year Burbank Tournament of Roses Association has entered its 86th float in this years Pasadena Rose Parade named ‘Sand-Sational Helpers’ it was has been finished with plenty of recyclables, flowers and other natural products.

The designer Kat Glandon a 14-year-old from Burbank is looking forward to seeing the float rolling down Colorado Blvd Monday morning from her grandstand seats with a banner in front of it, but if not she is so excited to have designed the entry.

Pasadena Tournament of Roses Judges stopped by both Saturday afternoon to check on its progress and again on Sunday afternoon. While there Sunday during their visit they put Special Roses on the right side of the float.  

(Photo by ©Ross A. Benson)


City officials including the Mayor Will Rogers and Councilmembers were also on hand to place Roses on the float and pose for pictures.

The float with an escort from Burbank Police Motor Officers left the City around 8 PM and arrived in the Pasadena 2 hrs and 5 minutes later with the float intact and ready for the parade.


Garry Marshall Picked to Ride Burbank’s Float in Rose Parade

Garry Marshall is one of Hollywood’s most respected writers, producers and directors of television, film and theater. He has also helped launch the careers of many film and television stars.

Marshall has directed a number of memorable box office hits, including the classic romantic comedy “Pretty Woman,” starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. His long list of film directing credits includes “The Flamingo Kid,” starring Matt Dillon,which Marshall also co-wrote; “Nothing in Common,” teaming Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason; “Overboard,” starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell; “Beaches,” starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey; “Frankie & Johnny,” pairing Michelle Pfeiffer and Al Pacino; “The Other Sister,” starring Diane Keaton, which he also co-wrote; “Runaway Bride,” which reunited Marshall with Gere and Roberts; “The Princess Diaries” and “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement,” both starring Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway; “Raising Helen,” starring Kate Hudson and Joan Cusack; and most recently, the two holiday hits “Valentine’s Day” and “New Year’s Eve.

Garry Marshall in front of his Falcon Theatre in Burbank

Garry Marshall in front of his Falcon Theatre in Burbank

A Bronx native, Marshall began his career in television. He went on to create and executive produce some of the longest-running and most celebrated sitcoms in American television history, including “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “The Odd Couple” and “Mork & Mindy.”

Marshall is also known for his work as an actor. Some of his notable film roles include the casino owner in “Lost in America”; the head of the network in “Soapdish”; the devil in “Hocus Pocus” baseball team owner Mr. Harvey in “A League of Their Own,” directed by his sister, Penny Marshall; Mr. Gold in “The Twilight of the Golds,” with Faye Dunaway; and Irwin in his son’s directorial debut, “Keeping Up with the Steins.” He has also made cameo appearances in a number of his own films and has guest starred on numerous television series.

In 1997, together with his daughter Kathleen, Marshall followed his dream by building the Falcon Theatre, a 130-seat live theatre space in Burbank, California that is flourishing today. In 2005, Marshall directed his first opera, Jacques Offenbach’s Grand Duchess, starring Frederica von Stade, which opened the season for the Los Angeles Opera. In 2008, he directed Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love) for the San Antonio Opera.

Over the course of his illustrious career, Marshall has been the recipient of such prestigious awards as the American Comedy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award and the Publicists Guild Motion Picture Showmanship Award for Film and Television. In 1995, he was voted the Valentine Davies Award winner by the Writers Guild of America.

In November 1997, Marshall was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Television Academy Hall of Fame. He was honored in 2002 by Washington, DC’s National Italian American Foundation. In 2012, Marshall was inducted into the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Also in 2012, Crown Publishing released Marshall’s second book, a memoir entitled My Happy Days in Hollywood, which he wrote with his daughter Lori.

The Falcon Theatre is a 130-seat professional theatre that operates year-round in Burbank, California, built by Director/Writer/Producer Garry Marshall and his daughter Kathleen Marshall LaGambina. The Falcon opened in November of 1997 and launched its annual 5-play Subscription Series in 2002, currently produced by Kathleen and Sherry Greczmiel. Mr. Marshall founded the Falcon as a place where established artists and emerging talent can come together to create exciting work on stage.

Last Days to See Burbank’s Award Winning Float

The Award Winning Burbank Rose Float ‘Deep Sea Adventure’ is home and parked at Olive Ave. and Glenoaks  Blvd., and the public is invited to come see it.  You can also meet some of the volunteers that spent their holidays gluing, stapling, painting to get it done and off to Pasadena for the Rose Parade.

If you want to get the real smell of over 40,000 roses, and see how they keep them alive, now is the time to do it. They will be running the animation every couple of hours, which includes the music that was played during the parade.

Bring you new digital camera or iPad and snap some pictures.  You can even pose with the float.  The float will be on display until Monday morning, when it is schedule to be towed back to the “float barn” at the Burbank Water and Power plant.   A float demolition party will be held soon to dismantle this float and salvage as much as possible to be recycled into next year’s float.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s Rose Float “Deep Sea Adventure” Wins Fantasy Trophy

Congratulations to the Burbank Tournament of Roses Association who once again has delivered Burbank an award winning float.  The judges were here in Burbank on New Year’s Eve to look over the float for a final time to judge the float.   They bestowed the Fantasy Trophy on the float entitled “Deep Sea Adventure.”   A banner announcing the award proceeded the float as it made it’s way down the parade route New Year’s morning.

The float, along with all the other from the parade, will spend the rest of January 1, as well as th following day, on display at Victory Park in Pasadena for public viewing.  Wednesday night it will make its way back to Burbank under a police escort to the corner of Olive and Glenoaks.  It will be on display for public viewing  in the parking lot across the street from the Central Library,  through  January 6.

Tournament of Roses Judges made one of their final inspection Monday afternoon, prior to tomorrows 124 Rose Parade. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Tournament of Roses Parade Judges, Brian Sullivan, Shane Connolly and Amy Kule. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

One of three turtles that will ride down Colorado Blvd. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s 2013 float entry ‘ Deep Sea Adventure’ is ready for the world to see. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Tournament of Roses Picks New Board Members For 2012

Board of Directors

Ginny Barnett


Ricky Batt

Vice President-Administration

Steven Edward

Vice President-Float

Jon Reeves


Robin Hanna


Erik Andersen


Linda Cozakos


Bob Ford


John Hames


Jeff Helgager


Ron Hughes


Dr. Suresh Iyengar


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 Tournament of Roses Looking For Designs For 2013

The 2013 Design Contest has now started!! Design Contest entry form and rules are available at: www.burbankrosefloat.com/forms/DESIGN13.pdf

The actual parade theme will be announced January 20, 2012, but until then Tournament has provided the following “hint” of the theme:

The 2013 Rose Parade theme encourages us to picture the journey of our lives once untethered from the perceived constraints of convention. Parade viewers will be encouraged to reflect on their passions and to conceive of a plan to make them realities. The phrase inspires wonder and ignites our sense of adventure. It motivates us to embrace all that lies ahead and to follow our bliss with joy and optimism.

The 2013 theme is whimsical and childlike while equally relevant to all ages. It reminds 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 should rejoice in the accomplishments of others and also ask: “Why wait. Maybe I can do that too.” The theme should speak to our deepest personal dreams and most treasured memories.

The 2013 theme is a call for personal action. It is a message of aspiration and of doing our best. It is an affirmation that we own the ability to make the most of every choice we find before us.

Remember, deadline to turn in your submissions is Wednesday, January 25, 2012 by 8:00 p.m.


Submit your entry to:

2013 Design Contest

1815 W. Chandler Blvd.

Burbank, CA 91506


Design Contest Notes:

Your entries should be on paper NO LARGER THAN 11” X 17”.

It must be in black and white (no color entries allowed).

There must be a completely filled out and signed entry form for each entry submitted.

The entry form must be in an envelope that is taped to the back of the entry.

IF a written description is provided, please tape it the bottom of the entry so that it hangs below the picture.

Please no names or other identifying marks on the drawing—voting is done on a blind basis.


The winner receives two tickets to the 2013 Rose Parade! So, start drawing those ideas!

Burbank Tournament Of Roses Elects New Officers

Congratulations to your new Board of Directors that were elected at last night’s Annual Meeting:

2011-12 Board of Directors
Bob HuttPresident
Ricky BattVice President-Administration
Steven EdwardVice President-Float
Jon ReevesSecretary
Robin HannaTreasurer
Erik AndersenDirector
John HamesDirector
Jeff HelgagerDirector
Ron HughesDirector
Victor LusterDirector
Kate PreusserDirector
Bob SymonsDirector