I am responding to Elaine Hampton’s letter (“Float could use a
face-lift,” Dec. 13) regarding the float design selection and music
played on the float.
The Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn. is an all-volunteer,
501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that designs, builds and decorates
the city of Burbank’s entry into the Rose Parade.
If you are unhappy with Burbank’s float selection, I would
encourage you to do two things:
* Submit a design concept. It’s an open contest. Entry forms and
rules are now available online at www.Burbank RoseFloat.com or at the
float site at 320 N. Lake St. You have until Jan. 28 at 9 p.m. to
submit your concepts for the 2005 parade. The official theme is
announced on the third Thursday of January, but float builders are
given an advance theme hint. For example, the 2005 parade’s theme
hint is “Focused on Family.”
* Join the Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn. Our annual dues are
very reasonable, just $10 for individuals or $20 for all people
living at a single mailing address. Join before Jan. 1 and you will
be eligible to vote on the 2005 float in a special members’ meeting
Feb. 5. Once our members have made their selections, the concepts are
submitted to Pasadena for its approval.
Regarding “canned music,” music should enhance the presentation of
the float. It should be one of many elements that create an overall
entertaining package. When we want to use music, we are limited to
what we can do. In the 2003-04 edition of the Pasadena Tournament of
Roses Float Manual, page 3-4 Section 3-8(i) states, “Tournament
Policy does not permit ‘live’ transmissions of any kind to/from a
float. Additionally, the use of pre-recorded music from a radio
station, which includes the call sign (radio station identification)
is not permitted.” This rule is generally referred to as the “no open
mike” rule. All music must be pre-recorded.
For 2004, we have selected two versions of Gene Autry’s classic
song “Back In The Saddle Again.” One version is from the 1939 film
“Rovin’ Tumbleweeds,” and the other is from the 1941 film “Back In
If you do sleep in on Jan. 1 and change your mind about seeing the
float, you have one more chance. Come to Izay Park from Jan. 4-7 to
see the finished float.
Float vice president
Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn.