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Float takes a trophy

January 02, 2010|By Veronica Rocha

Burbank’s “Barnyard Aces” won the Animation Trophy for its side-turning jet in Friday’s 121st Tournament of Roses Parade.

This year’s Rose Parade theme, “A Cut Above the Rest,” drew unique, beautiful and witty float designs, some of which showcased snowboard-riding bulldogs and fireworks.

“Barnyard Aces” included a moving replica of a scale Stearman PT-17.

During the parade, the plane moved up, down, sideways, performed barrel rolls and reached heights of more than 30 feet. Smoke blew from the plane’s tail-end as it traveled along the parade route.

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“It’s so nice to know that the judges feel the way that they do and love it the way that we do,” said Janet Diel, who was working as a liaison between the city and the parade officials. “That’s amazing because it is a terrific float.”

Float volunteers received word from the judges of their win at 6 a.m. Friday, but hadn’t heard their comments yet, she said.

Valencia resident Edward Hillery created the float’s design, which got the most votes in a design contest.

The float featured green grass, a large red barn and silo, and about 50,000 unique and exotic flowers. It was covered in dry materials, including cotton and magnolia leaves.

The float will likely arrive in Burbank on Sunday night and be dropped off at George Izay Park, Diel said.

The float will stay at the park until Wednesday to allow residents to see it and view live demonstrations of the moving plane, which will happen five times a day.

Volunteers from the Tournament of Roses will stay with the float 24 hours a day until Wednesday, she said.

City officials invited the public Jan. 9 to help dismantle the float at the Burbank Water and Power yard.

“That’s the hard part, watching your blood, sweat and tears turn into garbage,” Diel said.

Glendale’s 33-foot-long float, “America’s Pride,” which featured a 22-foot-tall soaring bald eagle, provided parade-goers with a show-stopping finale.

Military jets saluted spectators with the “missing man” formation as the float appeared. The float was flanked by participants who held several American flags and a larger one.

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