The shell of Glendale's 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade float, featuring an animatronic version of the famed Glendale bear Meatball, has been constructed and painted.
All that's left on the checklist to complete the $150,000 float is the addition of dry decorating materials, which will be added on at the beginning of December, and the placement of fresh flowers, which is set to begin a few days before the Pasadena parade on Jan. 1.
“It became very whimsical,” said Brian Dancel, spokesman for Phoenix Decorating Company, which decorated the 35-foot-long float. “It's kind of cartoonish.”
The float, which is 18-feet wide and 25-feet tall, was inspired by Meatball, the black bear that made multiple visits to Glendale and La Crescenta. The bear became known for his appetite after he was seen snacking on frozen meatballs in a garage refrigerator as well as baklava and rice from a trash can.
Meatball was caught and sent deep into the Angeles National Forest by California Department of Fish & Wildlife twice after roaming foothill neighborhoods. After his third visit state officials trapped him using a trail of McDonald's french fries and then drove him to Lions, Tigers & Bears, an animal sanctuary in Alpine, east of San Diego.