I’m not a big traditionalist. Nor am I prone to let sentimentality get in the way of progress. So it will come as no real surprise that I am in favor of Glendale not funding a Rose Parade float and severing its 98-year tie to the annual event.
I think the City Council has it right in wanting to allocate the $130,000 subsidy for other things. And frankly, I don’t really care what the money is used for, so long as it isn’t a gas-powered, saccharin floral interpretation of the 2012 parade theme, which is “Just Imagine…”
I can admit the float provides a teeny bit of civic pride. But wouldn’t something like a renovated playground, which thousands of kids could use to have fun and exercise for years to come, do that more effectively? Wouldn’t we feel smarter knowing our money went for something that lasted beyond high noon on Jan. 1?