because I drew them myself," said Cappi, who has helped build
Burbank's float for years. "When you do stick figures, it doesn't do
well in the contest."
The winning design, "Pachyderm Parade," depicts a family of
elephants, with the father elephant running after a spilled peanut
cart, with mother elephant behind him and a baby elephant suspended
in mid-air hanging onto her tail.
"It's Magic" is the theme of the 117th-annual parade scheduled for
Jan. 2, 2006, along Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena.
Cappi worked on the design with professional artist Ric Scoczari
of Burbank. It was chosen from 75 entries, Burbank Tournament of
Roses Assn. President Teri Bastian said.
"I think they were going for the cuteness factor," Bastian said,
as to why the association members settled on the design. "That, and
the challenge of having the [baby] elephant 15-feet in the air all by
Cappi's expertise in welding and engineering, from a career of
building race cars, was the motivating factor for getting involved
with the association, he said.
"John has been involved for many years with the float and the
construction crew," association member Steven Edward said. "He's done
a lot of the welding and shaping of the float. He almost
single-handedly built our tree this year."
The 2005 float, "Dinner's on ... Fire!" depicted a family of bears
at a barbecue gone awry and included a large tree with a beehive.
The bear float was the 2005 winner of the Founder's Trophy, the
award given to the best float made entirely by volunteers. It was the
third year in a row a Burbank float has won an award.
Volunteers will begin work on the float at the Burbank Water &
Power facility on Lake Street in May and will likely continue working
on it through December. The flowers used on the float are ordered in
the spring and will be available in December.
The City Council still needs to give its approval for the float at
an upcoming meeting.