Monday, June 27, 2011

I'm All For Tradition, But Good Riddance, Glendale Rose Parade Float

Glendale has had annual entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade for 98 years -- representing the second-longest presence in the parade. But the city is looking to end its annual $130,000 subsidy to build the float -- and that could mean the end of that streak, the Glendale News-Press reports.

I'm all for streaks. And history. But let's be honest here. With a few exceptions, the Glendale float is usually... bad. Hokey. Cheesy. Embarrassing. See above for a sketch of the 2011 float.

I know a gaggle of people put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into producing Tournament of Roses parade floats. And I know I'm a bit of an ass for saying this. But maybe a shakeup was overdue anyway. Glendale fronted great floats in 2008 and 2009, when the city decided to illustrate its history, using the Alex Theatre and the long-gone Grand Central Terminal as float focal points. But beyond that, the Glendale float has not been a good representation of the city. Unless somehow donations can be raised (and that's doubtful, as only $500 has been generated so far), it's time to go.

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