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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | April 16, 2012
With aviation as its theme this year, Burbank on Parade kicked off Saturday with a flyover by five helicopters followed by other fliers, marching bands and flight-themed floats. The rain that hit the L.A. area Friday had moved on, and the almost 100 parade entries traveled down Olive Avenue under sunny skies. One of the most popular entries came near the end of the parade, with about 25 vintage cars from the Road Kings club. Ashley Nesbit said the cars are always her favorite part, along with the Burbank/Burroughs Alumni Band.
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March 21, 2012
A surprised Lou Morreale was recognized by Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes and the City Council on Tuesday for giving 30 years of service to Burbank on Parade. "But I'm from Glendale!" Morreale quipped when he came up to the podium in council chambers. "With his great wit he boosted the morale of everyone who works on the parade," said parade President Linda Barnes. Though the many years he has served on the parade committee have been great, it is time for different ideas, Morreale said.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | January 4, 2011
A wet Christmas week made for happy times at the Glendale Galleria, which reported strong holiday sales as customers were driven indoors by the inclement weather. "The rain makes me sing, literally," said Shoshana Puccia, senior marketing director for the Galleria. "Whether it is super hot or raining and super cold, we benefit. " The indoor shopping center anchored by Macy's, Nordstrom, Target and JCPenney reported preliminary revenue growth of up between 2.5% and 6% over Christmas 2009 in every category, from fashion and footwear to electronics — its strongest holiday showing since 2004, Puccia said, despite lingering unemployment.
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By Brian Crosby | April 24, 2012
On Saturday, April 14, my family went to my sister's house and walked to Verdugo Avenue to watch the annual Burbank on Parade. I mainly participate in viewing the parade in order to spend time with my family more than the excitement of the parade itself. While there is an appeal to a small-townish parade with civic leaders filling in for celebrities, BOP is an embarrassment to a city as wonderful as Burbank. With “The World of Aviation” as its theme, I was hard pressed to notice the theme what with all the police, fire, and emergency vehicles driving down Olive with their lights and sirens on. I don't intend to demean the organizers and volunteers that must put in countless hours organizing the event.
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March 18, 2000
Marianne Love MONTROSE -- 'Tis not too late for a wee bit more St. Patrick's Day fun. The Montrose Shopping Park Assn. hosts its annual Children's Sidewalk Parade today in the 2200-2400 block of Honolulu Avenue. Parade participants begin to line up at 9 a.m. at the corner of Honolulu Avenue and Verdugo Road in front of Rocky Cola Cafe. The lucky lass or laddie with the "greenest" outfit will receive a $20 gift certificate. Beginning at 10 a.m. the children will parade along on the sidewalk to Las Palmas Avenue and then head back to Verdugo Road.
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September 27, 2002
Janine Marnien It's being called a "Parade of Ponds," but it's really a self-guided tour through homes with water gardens in Southern California to benefit the Desi Geestman Foundation. The event organizer, California Waterscapes, chose to donate to the foundation because of its direct focus on children and families going through cancer treatment, spokeswoman Rhio Blair said. "It's unbelievable, the stuff they're doing," she said. "If a child is going through cancer treatment anywhere, they can get help from this foundation."
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April 26, 2014
Greetings, 818 readers! Today is Saturday, April 26, 2014. Weather for the Glendale area is expected to reach a high of 67 and a low of 51. These are your top regional news stories:  Los Angeles County transportation officials have pushed back its release of an environmental report regarding 710 Freeway extension proposals , local officials learned this week. A prolonged period of below-average rainfall has put the entire state of California under some level of drought , ranging in severity from moderate to exceptional, for the first time in 15 years.
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By by ruth longoria valley sun | January 4, 2008
The Glendale Rose Float Association earned the 2008 Tournament of Roses Rose Parade Mayor?s Trophy for the ?Most outstanding city entry, national or international? for the city of Glendale?s float entry, ?Bon Voyage.? The colorful float was decorated by community members and depicts a bi-plane taking off from Glendale?s historic Grand Central Air Terminal. Glendale entered its first float in the parade back in 1911 and has had an entry in the parade for the past 94 consecutive parades, which makes it the second oldest continuous float entry in the parade, according to the Glendale Rose Float Association?
NEWS
November 9, 2002
Tim Willert Jerry Barrone remembers a time when the Days of the Verdugos parade commanded the community's attention. It was a time when 30,000 people lined Brand Boulevard to marvel at more than 500 colorful parade entries, and cheer such Hollywood celebrities as Mamie Van Doren and Jayne Mansfield. Glendale's annual tribute to its Spanish heritage, which includes a carnival, was the only game in town. Only the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the Hollywood Christmas parade packed more clout.
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April 28, 2014
Good morning readers and welcome to Monday. As you get ready for the week ahead, check out these headlines from around the region:  Deloreans, the Jetsons and remote-controlled robots were a few of the glimpses into the future featured in the 33rd annual Burbank on Parade, which took place Saturday morning along Olive Avenue. Burbank Leader The City Council approved a 220-unit residential project at the city's southwestern edge this week,  despite the developer falling short of prior direction from the dais  to reduce density.
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April 26, 2014
Greetings, 818 readers! Today is Saturday, April 26, 2014. Weather for the Glendale area is expected to reach a high of 67 and a low of 51. These are your top regional news stories:  Los Angeles County transportation officials have pushed back its release of an environmental report regarding 710 Freeway extension proposals , local officials learned this week. A prolonged period of below-average rainfall has put the entire state of California under some level of drought , ranging in severity from moderate to exceptional, for the first time in 15 years.
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By Katherine Yamada | January 15, 2014
“Meatball,” the bear who gained fame for dining on meatballs that he dug out of a refrigerator in a garage, has brought Glendale another Governor's Trophy . Our city has brought home the trophy at least three other times in the 100-plus years since we joined the Tournament of Roses Parade. Ironically, the third win, in 2007, also featured a bear, foreshadowing this year's winner. Our first Governor's Trophy was awarded in 1960 when Sam M. Coleman, son of legendary float designer Isabella Coleman, created “Tales of the 49ers,” featuring a covered wagon pulled by two oxen.
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January 2, 2014
Good morning, readers! Today is Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. If you've missed the latest headlines of the new year for the 818 region, here's the roundup: In this year's Tournament of Roses Parade, the city of Glendale's float, "Let's be neighbors," earned the Governor's Award for best depiction of California life, while La Cañada Flintridge nabbed the Bob Hope humor award for its float, "Dog Gone!" This year's parade also saw the first same-sex wedding atop a float in the history of the Tournament of Roses Parade, according to the Los Angeles Times, and the arrests of  sixteen people protesting a SeaWorld float, according to the Pasadena Police Department . If you haven't had a chance to hit the ice yet, the temporary ice skating rink in Burbank , located in the parking lot behind City Hall at 275 E. Olive Ave. is set to close this Sunday.
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By Sal Polcino | January 1, 2014
The pageantry of the Tournament of Roses Parade took over the streets of Pasadena for the 125th time Wednesday morning with a cast of thousands. Marching bands from as far as Japan, equestrian groups featuring Appaloosa, Andalusian and Clydesdale horses, KC & the Sunshine Band, Natalie Cole and this year's winner of NBC's “The Voice,” Tessanne Chin all joined the festivities. Of course, what most of the nearly 800,000 fans came out to see were the floats with their larger-than-life characters and vividly colored roses.
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December 30, 2013
Organizers of the Rose Parade are defending the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's plans to hold a same-sex wedding on its float amid criticism and complaints posted online. The float, titled “Living the Dream: Love Is the Best Protection,” was created to celebrate victories in 2013 for gay-marriage advocates, including Supreme Court decisions upholding the repeal of California's Proposition 8 and striking down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act, according to the Los Angeles Times .   Foundation spokesman Ged Kenslea said the organization supports legally sanctioning same-sex marriage because it encourages more stable relationships as well as behavior that will prevent the spread of HIV.   “We believe that marriage saves lives,” he said.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 27, 2013
Lilit Mkrtchian's favorite part of watching the Tournament of Roses Parade every year is spotting the Glendale float and pointing out the parts she helped decorate. Come this New Year's Day, she will be able to boast about the uva grass, a cream-colored tropical plant, and other materials she glued on the star of this year's float: Meatball the bear. PHOTOS: Glendale Rose Parade float volunteers in full swing The 35-foot-long craft's design, which features animals living in Glendale's hillsides, was inspired by Meatball, the famous black bear that was caught in foothill neighborhoods three times last year before being captured by state wildlife officials and transported to an animal sanctuary in San Diego County.
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By Joyce Rudolph | December 24, 2013
Bea Breckheimer is carrying on a family tradition, literally. The 17-year-old is one of 50 Girl Scouts representing Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles who will carry the banners announcing the award-winning floats in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day. This is the 30th group of Gold Award Girl Scouts to be a part of the Tournament Troop, which also consists of Eagle Scouts from the San Gabriel Valley Council. The Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouts earned by girls who lead projects that address community or global issues.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 19, 2013
Giuseppe's Pizzeria in Montrose took home the taster's choice award from a recent meatball-tasting competition that was a fundraiser for the city's Tournament of Roses Parade float featuring an animatronic likeness of Meatball, the famed Glendale bear. “Our recipes and our food is something we take a very great deal of pride in,” said Ole Olson, Giusseppe's general manager, as he received a commendation on behalf of the restaurant during a City Council meeting this week. “We very much appreciate this and we're honored,” Olson said.
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By Katherine Yamada | December 6, 2013
The city of Glendale is finalizing its 100th entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1. The first float was entered in 1911. But that was more than 100 years ago, right? Read on to find one reason for the disparity. Except for the World War II years, Glendale has been in the parade nearly continuously since 1911, making our city one of the longest-running entrants. Not only that, our floats were consistent prize winners right up until the war. The last float before the war, in 1941, depicted President Lincoln as the “Great Emancipator” and won the coveted sweepstakes.
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