There are more equestrian units than ever before in the 29th annual event and the first entry will be Davida Oberman riding her Friesian horse, Music of the Night.
“Davida is the ringmaster of the parade,” Barnes said. “She’ll be in black pants and red tails. And if her top hat isn’t red, she’ll have something red on it. She’ll be all decked out.”
The horse’s tail and mane will be decorated with red feather boas, she added
“It’s won many awards and has been on TV . . . it’s really something,” she said.
The grand marshal this year will be Ronald McDonald, said Joanne Miller, co-chairwoman of Burbank on Parade.
“He’s a great representation of the theme,” she said.
Dignitaries scheduled to ride in the parade include Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) and state Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge).
Mayor Gary Bric will be riding on the Wells Fargo Stage Coach.
Burbank Unified School District principals will be riding in a double-deck bus provided by City Cab and Super Shuttle.
The Road Kings are providing the convertibles for the dignitaries, and a special vehicle making its debut is the 2010 George Barris-designed Spirit Camaro being unveiled by Burbank’s Community Chevrolet. Barris, who will drive the car down the parade route, also designed the Batmobile for the “Batman” 1966 TV series and the Monkees car.
On-site announcers for the parade will be former City Manager Mary Alvord and community volunteer Richard Raad. Their narration will accompany the BTV6 broadcast.