Burbank's “The Dream Machine” won the Mayor's Award for best municipal float — adding to the city’s storied performance at the annual Tournament of Roses Parade.
Burbank’s history of awards at the Rose Parade is especially sweet since the floats are constructed entirely by volunteers, an effort that has produced pyrotechnics, hydraulic-powered moving parts and smoke machines for an extra flair that makes the designs stand out.
Jon Reeves, a member of the Burbank Rose Float Assn. Board of Directors, designed the hydraulics and many other elements of the 2012 float, which included a bed carrying a sleeping boy. The bed was made of structural and pencil rod steel, chicken wire and a plastic cocoon originally developed for mothball ships, Reeves said.
FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Reeves of president of the association.
Themed “Just Imagine,” the parade attracted an estimated 900,000 visitors and featured 44 floats, 21 marching bands and 20 equestrian troupes marching down the 5½ mile route through the heart of Pasadena. The parade was held the day after New Year’s to avoid disrupting Sunday church services.