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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’s Rose Float Brings Home ‘Fantasy’ Trophy

Burbank's Rose Parade Float comes home a winner with the Fantasy Trophy. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s Rose Parade Float comes home a winner with the Fantasy Trophy. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Tournament  of Roses Association once again outdid themselves as they were awarded the Fantasy Trophy at this year’s 125th Rose Parade.

Burbank's award winning float " Light Camera Action" with Director Gary Marshall sitting in his Directors Chair as his son Scott operates the camera on the opposite side. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s award winning float ” Lights,Camera, Action” with Director Gary Marshall sitting in his Directors Chair as his son Scott operates the camera on the opposite side. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The float entitled, “Lights! Camera! Action!,” was conceived, built and decorated completely by volunteers along with the City of Burbank’s financial backing and has become a huge source of pride for the City each year.

Renowned film Director, Writer, and Producer, Garry Marshall and his son, Scott, were on the float as it passed down the parade route. Marshall also owns the Falcon Theater in Burbank.

The Fantasy Trophy is presented each year to the float with the Most Outstanding Display of Fantasy & Imagination.

The float will be escorted back to Burbank for public viewing on Thursday.

The parade, with Dodger legend Vin Scully as the Grand Marshal, went flawlessly. Photographer Ross A. Benson captured some of the site from this year’s parade.

Grand Marshall of the 125th Rose Parade Vin Scully with wife Sandy. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Grand Marshall of the 125th Rose Parade Vin Scully with wife Sandy. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Rose Parade Quuen Ana Marie Acosta of Altadena. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Rose Parade Queen Ana Marie Acosta of Altadena. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The 3 Finalist ride in the first ever float from the new TV music show THE VOICE. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The three finalist ride in the first ever float from the new TV music show THE VOICE. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Harlem Globetrotters take a quick pose while spinning and preforming. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Harlem Globetrotters take a quick pose while spinning and performing. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s Rose Float Ready to Roll After Judging

The judges were in Burbank for the last time on Tuesday, December 31, as the final looks were made of Burbank’s Float. Garry Marshall was on hand with Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy to lend support.

Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy and Director Gary Marshall sit on this years Rose Parade "Lights Camera Action" that will roll down this years 125th Rose Parade. Gary's son Scott Marshall sits running the camera behind.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy and Director Garry Marshall sit on this years Rose Parade “Lights Camera Action” that will roll down this years 125th Rose Parade. Garry’s son Scott Marshall sits running the camera behind.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Rose Parade judges  James Folsom, Cheryl Cecchetto and Rene Van Rems puts the last roses on this years Burbank Float after it's final judging Tuesday afternoon.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Rose Parade judges James Folsom, Cheryl Cecchetto and Rene Van Rems put the last roses on this year’s Burbank Float after its final judging Tuesday afternoon, December 31.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy thanks Veteran Director Gary Marshall for his participation. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy thanks Veteran Director Garry Marshall for his participation. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

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.

Burbank’s Rose Float Goes Through Deconstruction

Photo By Ross A. Benson

On Saturday, volunteers gathered for the official Deconstruction Party of this years rose float. Volunteers washed some 20,000 vials and stripped the float of all it coverings. The remainder of the flowers were gathered and will be made into potpourri for future floats.

Centennial Kickoff And Burbank Rose Float Launching Video Now Posted

In case you were not there Friday night at Burbank’s Centennial Kick-off and Burbank Tournament of Roses float launch, you can relive that magical night now in a video hosted by BurbankNBeyond’s Robert Vincent and edited by Steven J. Lynch.