Since my criticism of our Rose Parade float concept was fodder for this column on several occasions last year, I thought it only fair to get myself out of bed at 3:00 a.m. so I could get out onto Orange Grove Boulevard for a firsthand, close-up look at Glendale’s 2012 parade entry. To rant further with only the perspective of TV coverage didn’t feel right. So off I went with my daughter Zoe along as witness and because I knew she’d get a kick out of seeing what man can accomplish with millions of dollars in flowers, a few tubs of white glue and some chicken wire.
Before I get to our float, it might be good to take a look at some of the floats presented by other small cities surrounding Pasadena. I won’t compare our effort to those behemoths like Dole, Honda or Paramount Studios. Corporate America has unlimited resources and deep pockets to dazzle the eye while we cities are a little more modest with the budget, thank goodness.