PASADENA — Burbank's float won the prestigious Founder's Trophy in Saturday's 122nd Tournament of Roses Parade, while Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge's float associations missed out on a win.
The three city-sponsored entries for this year's theme "Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories" were among a small number of the 47 floats built and decorated by volunteers.
"It's not so much that we win a prize, which would be nice" said Garry Ackerman, president of the Glendale Rose Float Assn. "It's the community support that comes out each year to decorate it."
Glendale's 25-foot-long "Say Cheese" float — which depicted a giant camera with a mouse photographer — was the city's 97th consecutive entry — the second-oldest parade participant, Ackerman said.
Hundreds of volunteers, including many local students, had put in dozens of hours since Thanksgiving to cover the float with plant materials ranging from roses to lentils.