High on his horse atop a multi-colored butte, a lone cowboy will
strum his six-string and sing Gene Autry’s “Back in the Saddle
Again,” while keeping his eye on his herd of cows. Playing on the
115th Rose Parade’s theme, “Music, Music, Music,” Burbank’s 2004
float entry is aptly named “Moosic, Moosic, Moosic.” This year marks
the city’s 72nd entry since 1914, said Teri Bastian, president of the
Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn.
“This year’s float is going to be adorable,” Bastian said.
The float is housed at a Burbank Water and Power warehouse on
North Lake Street, where volunteers are scheduled today to apply
shape-forming foam onto the skeletal structure.
In order for the 25-foot-tall float to be transported safely
without hitting electrical wire, designers engineered the float’s
butte to fold over and ride flat against the desert scene. Four
drivers will ride on the float New Year’s Day -- a driver, an
observer, someone in charge of music and an animation conductor.
“Moosic” was selected as this year’s float theme only after
Tournament of Roses officials declared that Burbank’s original
design, featuring various animals dancing around a juke box, was
similar to that of another float. The float was designed by Burbank
residents Jennifer Edwards and TaMara Carlson-Woodard.
Beginning Dec. 26, hundreds of volunteers will begin covering the
float with more than 100,000 flowers, including 15,000 roses.
Burbank’s float is one of six in the parade that is built by an
all-volunteer group, Bastian said.
“We get a lot of high school kids because it counts for community
service hours,” she said.
The cities of Burbank, La Canada Flintridge, South Pasadena,
Sierra Madre and Downey, as well as Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San
Luis Obispo, use only volunteers to build the floats. Most floats are
built by commercial builders.