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June 24, 2011
City officials this week established a special fund to encourage private donations to fund the city’s annual float entry in the 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade. Glendale is currently the second-longest float entrant, but with $80,000 in city funding for the float hanging in the balance, the city’s entry is at risk of being withdrawn from this year’s parade. The Glendale Rose Float Assn. is typically asked to raise $50,000, but has struggled so far this year to attract substantial donations.
NEWS
January 2, 2012
Thousands gathered under clear, blue skies Monday for Pasadena's yearly spectacle of fantastical floral floats, high-stepping marching bands and colorful equestrian units. Themed "Just Imagine," the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade was expected to attract more than 150,000 visitors this year. The parade is being held on Jan. 2 instead of the traditional Jan. 1 because the parade is not held on Sundays. The event this year was punctuated by a demonstration: The group Occupy the Rose Parade carried signs drawing attention to their cause of income inequality, and dozens of protesters planned to march at the end of the parade with an Occupy Octopus "live" float constructed of plastic bags.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 2, 2002
Tim Willert PASADENA -- Eleven-year-old Katie Cox, Bob's Big Boy earrings dangling from her lobes, prepared to board the '57 Chevy Bel Air convertible that would accompany Glendale's float down Colorado Boulevard in Tuesday's Tournament of Roses Parade. "I'm a little nervous because I told all my friends to watch for me," said the 11-year-old, wearing a cheerleader's outfit her mom borrowed from Glendale High School. "But I'm ready." Minutes later, "Rock Around the Clock," a re-creation of the landmark Bob's Big Boy drive-in restaurant that was a popular hangout for Glendale-area teens in the 1950s, was on the move.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 31, 2004
Robert Chacon The 116th annual Tournament of Roses Parade on Saturday in Pasadena will have a heavy local flavor. Glendale, La Canada Flintridge and La Crescenta will either have floats in the parade or residents marching in bands. Five girls from La Canada Flintridge will ride in the parade as members of the 2005 Royal Court, including Queen Ashley Moreno. "The past few weeks have been really crazy, but it's going to be such an honor to be riding in the parade as the Rose Queen," Ashley said.
NEWS
By Ani Amirkhanian | September 10, 2007
The smell of food on the grill and the sounds of music took over the KABC Channel 7 Studios courtyard Sunday as hundreds came to take part in the 8th Annual Dreaming of Roses. The event helped raise funds for the city’s Tournament of Roses Parade rose float, “Bon Voyage.” The Glendale Rose Float Assn. organized the fundraiser to reimburse half the cost of the float, which the city pays for, Sean Bersell, vice president of the association, said, adding that it costs about $90,000 to construct and decorate the float.
NEWS
By Angela Hokanson | January 2, 2008
Glendale’s aviation-themed float, “Bon Voyage,” made a safe landing among the award-winning entries in the 2008 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on Tuesday. The float, which depicts a 1930s-era biplane taking off from the city’s historic Grand Central Air Terminal, was awarded the Mayor’s Trophy, which goes to the best float entry from a city. It was the fourth time in five years that Glendale’s float received formal recognition from the Tournament of Roses at the New Year’s Day parade, said Glendale City Councilman Dave Weaver, the crew chief for the float.
FEATURES
April 15, 2006
Jabs at float and committee offensive Thank you Tim Doyle for the publicity ("There's room to float some better ideas," Wednesday). Welcome to "Dogpatch." Maybe you should move out of Glendale to La Cañada-Flintridge, so you can tell your fancy Westside friends that you, too, live in a fancy community. Be sure to also point out that the La Cañada Flintridge 2006 float entry in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade was "The Great Howldini," a magical dog pulling a goofy rabbit out of a hat with a snake performing the cups and balls.
NEWS
December 30, 2009
Horse enthusiasts turned out Tuesday at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center to catch glimpses of jousting, roping, open paddock, exhibits and precision teams as part Equestfest. The annual lead-up to the Tournament of Roses gave spectators an up-close and personal opportunity to meet many of the equestrians who will be seen by viewing audiences across the world New Year’s Day in the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade. Horses performed drills and dances, and demonstrated trick riding and roping as visitors strolled through the stables, taking pictures and learning about various breeds.
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NEWS
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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NEWS
January 3, 2014
It has been a banner year for local float entrants into the Tournament of Roses Parade, with Glendale and Burbank taking home two of the biggest prizes. Glendale's float, titled “Let's Be Neighbors,” won the prestigious Governor's Award , which tournament types judged the best depiction of life in California. The float featured Meatball the bear - coming out of a garbage can, natch - and a host of other animals. PHOTOS: 125th annual Tournament of Roses parade We'll leave it to other wags about whether a bear in a trash can truly depicts California life - or if it depicts it a bit too accurately - and simply state the float was tremendous.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | December 31, 2013
Public Storage is giving new meaning to the word “collaboration” with its 2014 entry into the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena this Wednesday. The Glendale-based company invited employees from 33 regional centers across the country to help decorate a part of its inaugural float, titled “Adventures in Space” and featuring a “secret message” from the “mother ship” that will be spelled out in an alien alphabet. Each center was sent a letter that is part of the message, and workers decorated each one in yellow straw flowers.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
COMMUNITY
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.
COMMUNITY
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.
NEWS
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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