Donors may have saved Glendale’s float entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade from the chopping block due to a budget shortfall, but now its circus elephant design — and how it came to pass — is facing scrutiny.
The City Council on Tuesday asked to review the float selection process after resident Sharon Weisman said the design of elephant attached to a carriage — drafted for the parade’s “Just Imagine” theme — is a loaded symbol that has nothing to do with Glendale.
“My first reaction when seeing the design was ‘Wow, a symbol of a major political party in an election year,’ then ‘Didn’t I read People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is suing circuses for animal abuse?’ Circus elephants have become poster children for animal rights groups,” she said.
Councilmen Rafi Manoukian and Frank Quintero also said they didn’t like the elephant design.
The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission approved the elephant in June, which was originally selected by the Glendale Rose Float Assn. from 30 options presented by Phoenix Decorating Company. Other concepts included a caterpillar in a garden and a city streetscape, the association’s president, Garry Ackerman said.