One of the most controversial floats ever entered in Pasadena's Tournament of Roses parade was a flower-covered, party-hat-wearing basset hound labeled, ‘‘Havin' Fun Yet?''
And it came from Glendale.
It all began in the early months of 1999 when Phoenix Decorating, of Pasadena (which designed many of Glendale's floats) presented several choices to the Rose Float Assn.
One was of a dog, a basset hound, with a sad look. He wore a party hat and carried a noisemaker in his mouth. The music playing on the float was to be “It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To” and the float was to carry the name, ‘‘Party Animal.'' Phoenix designer Bill Lofthouse noted that the dog had definite potential as a prizewinner.
The association initially chose the dog design, but then several members decided it didn't present the right image for the city. Some felt that “Party Animal” gave the idea that residents were “a bunch of drunks and did not fit the parade theme of “Celebration 2000: Visions of the Future,” wrote the Los Angeles Daily News on May 11.