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Photo: FLLewis/MediaCityG ---- "Rise Up" from the City of Burbank wins Leishman Public Spirit Award at Rose Parade in Pasadena January 1, 2020

Rose Parade float winner on display in Burbank

Rose Parade float winner on display in Burbank today. “Rise Up” won the 2020 Leishman Public Spirit Award for the most outstanding floral presentation from a non-commercial float builder in the 131st Tournament of Roses Parade, on Wednesday, January 1. Burbank has won numerous awards at the Rose Parade, however, this is the first time it has taken home the Leishman Public Spirit Award. On the Burbank float, a large Phoenix, named Paradise, is shown rising from the ashes of the California wildfires in 2018. That fire season is... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank's float "Home Tweet Home" participated in the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena January 2, 2017

Burbank 2017 Rose Parade float returns home

The 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade is now one for the history books. Millions around the globe watched the 128th edition of that parade. Viewers were treated to a spectacular show of creativity and imagination under this year’s theme “Echoes of Success.” Among the floats, Burbank’s “Home Tweet Home.” Burbank’s float will be returning home to the Media City and go on display tomorrow. “Home Tweet Home” will be located at the corner of Olive Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard from Wednesday January 4 through Sunday, January 8. After that, it... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank's award- winning 2015 Rose Parade float in display at Olive Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard in Burbank January 4, 2015

Spectators get close up view of award-winning Burbank Rose float

If you want to get a close up look at the 2015 award-winning Burbank Rose Parade float, you need do it pretty soon. “Jungle Rescue”  picked up the Past President’s Award on New Year’s Day  for most creative design and use of both floral and non-floral materials. Hundreds of volunteers spent a lot of hours working on the float. Among them, 8 year-old Andrew Podbelski who was at the float viewing at Glenoaks Boulevard and  Olive Avenue yesterday. Andrew says he helped create some of the rock formations on the float.... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank Rose float "Jungle Rescue" January 1, 2015

Burbank float “Jungle Rescue” wins award in 2015 Rose Parade

Burbank Tournament of Roses Association has much to cheer about on this New Year’s Day. For the sixth straight year, the Burbank Rose Parade float has won an award. Burbank’s 2015  parade entry is “Jungle Rescue,” which pays homage to volunteer firefighters in an animated scene about a group of monkeys who fight to put out a fire in a bird house. “Jungle Rescue” won the Past Presidents’ trophy for most creative design and use of both floral and non-floral materials. The theme , “Inspiring Stories.” World War 11... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Burbank Rose float 2014 on display at parking lot across from the Central Library on North Glenoaks Boulevard, January 3, 2014

Award winning Burbank Rose float on display in the Media City

The Burbank Rose float 2014 is on display this weekend at the parking lot across from the Burbank Central Library North Glenoaks Boulevard and Olive Avenue. “Lights… Camera … Action!” won the Fantasy trophy at the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day. The public is invited to come out and view the float up close and to chat with some of the float volunteers. Veteran Burbank float volunteer, Robin Hanna, answered questions for visitors who were interested in how all the flowers and organic materials are... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- The Burbank Rose Parade float "Lights...Camera...Action!" won the 214 fantasy trophy in Pasadena January 1, 2014

Repeat! Burbank Rose Parade float wins Fantasy trophy

A spectacular event in Pasadena today as the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade thrilled millions on T.V. and on city streets.  At least a million fans reportedly lined the parade route to see energetic marching bands, gleaming vintage vehicles, high-stepping equestrian units and of course, beautifully decorated floats. The theme this year, “Dreams Come True.” For the second straight year, the Burbank Rose float won the Fantasy trophy for “Lights… Camera… Action!” It was one of only six floats built by volunteers. The Burbank Tournament of Roses Association is on... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Connie Weir and Virginia Meyers added lettuce seeds to the horn of the Victrola record player in the float barn Burbank December 28, 2013

More volunteers needed for Burbank Rose Parade float

Burbank Rose Parade float preparations kick into high gear today and more volunteers are needed. Yesterday, I spent some time at the float barn, 123 West Olive Avenue in Burbank, watching the volunteers work their magic. I followed two volunteers, Connie Weir and Virginia Meyers, as they meticulously decorated a recreation of a Victrola record player — produced during the early part of the 20th Century by The Victor Talking Machine Company. Weir and Meyers added detail to the float prop with cranberry and lettuce seeds. Oh, and... Read More →

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Director Garry Marshall and son to ride on Burbank Rose Parade float 2014

It’s getting down to the wire for the 2014 Burbank Rose Parade float, “Lights… Camera… Action!” Volunteers are busy at the float construction and decoration site, 123 West Olive Avenue, getting the Media City entry ready for its debut in Pasadena on New Year’s Day. Riding on the float, veteran writer/producer/director, Garry Marshall. He has a long history in film, television, and theater. Among his credits, directing Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in the popular romantic comedies, “Pretty Woman” (1990)  and “Runaway Bride”  (1999). Marshall is the co-founder of The... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank Rose Parade float "Deep Sea Adventures" thrilled crowds in Burbank January 3, 2013

Photo Gallery: Final hurrah for “Deep Sea Adventures”

The winner of the fantasy trophy for outstanding display of animation and imagination at the 124th Rose Parade on New Year’s Day has wrapped up a final showing in Burbank. Burbank’s float, “Deep Sea Adventures,” built by volunteers, drew crowds to the parking lot at Glenoaks Boulevard and Olive Avenue from January 3-7. This morning the float was moved to the auxiliary warehouse at the Burbank Water and Power site on Olive Avenue. On Saturday, January 12,  there will be a float dismantling party there beginning at 10... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank float "Deep Sea Adventures" wins fantasy trophy in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena January 1, 2013

Photo Gallery: Burbank float wins big at Rose Parade

Check out a winner up close. The Burbank float, “Deep Sea Adventures,” grabbed the judges attention and won the fantasy trophy at the 124th Rose Parade yesterday. “Deep Sea Adventures” will be on display in the Burbank Central Library parking lot, Glenoaks Boulevard and Olive Avenue, starting tomorrow January 3 at 9 a.m. Food trucks on site at lunch time. More details  here.

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Photo from -- The Burbank 2011 Tournament of Roses Float

City Buzz

Burbank used same audit firm as Bell A report from State Controller, John Chiang, reportedly found considerable problems with the audit of the city of Bell’s finances by Mayer Hoffman McCann — the same accounting firm that has done work for the city of Burbank. In a news release last week Chiang said: “MHM appears to have been a rubber-stamp rather than a responsible auditor …” Today in a story posted on the Los Angeles Times website, Burbank City spokesman, Keith Sterling, said city officials relied... Read More →

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