The Alex Theatre, Americana at Brand and Glendale Adventist Medical Center are set to take center stage on Glendale's float for the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade after the Glendale City Council on Tuesday approved the final design.
City officials took a more proactive role in all aspects of the float after the circus elephant design for 2012 led to backlash from animal advocates, particularly from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which protested what the group considered to be a symbol of animal cruelty.
This time, the float has no animal references. Instead, it focuses on its two corporate sponsors.
Although City Council members gave their approval, they suggested a few tweaks that may be incorporated into the final design.
The float features a pillar topped with the image of the Alex Theatre in the center, book-ended by the Americana at Brand trolley and images representing Glendale Adventist.