Fanta-sea creatures

December 28, 2002

Molly Shore

When the last scrap of Christmas gift wrap and ribbon has been

tossed into the trash bin, children's dreams, wishes and imagination

will live on in the 2003 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade.

Contributing to the morning magic of the New Year's Day

extravaganza is "Bath-time Friends," Burbank's whimsical float

depicting a young boy in a bathtub surrounded by friendly deep-sea



Volunteers are busy preparing the colorful float for its two-hour

journey along Colorado Boulevard on Wednesday morning.

On Thursday, volunteers applied dry materials like ground yellow

peas, cornmeal, millet seed and cornhusk, said Peg Kovar, Burbank

Tournament of Roses vice-president of administration. Live flowers

will be applied Monday and Tuesday.

A core group of about 20 volunteers has worked on the float three

days a week for several months, Kovar said.

Kelvin Reece moved to Burbank from Kansas and has been a volunteer

since 1998.

"I do it year after year," Reece said. "Back in Kansas, a big

highlight of our holiday season was watching the Tournament of Roses

Parade. Being here, I just love being a part of the magic."

The group welcomes new volunteers today and Sunday, float

vice-president Steven Edward said. Volunteers should wear old

clothing and closed-toe shoes.

To volunteer, go to the float barn at the Burbank Water & Power

yard, 320 N. Lake St.

No new volunteers are needed Monday and Tuesday because tournament

officials will be at the barn to judge the float, Edward said.

After the parade, the float will be on display in Pasadena's

Victory Park, 2575 Paloma St. until Thursday. That night, it will be

towed back to town and put on display through Jan. 5 at George Izay

Park, 1111 W. Olive Ave.

A deconstruction party is planned for Jan. 11. Edward said the

community is invited to help dismantle the float.

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