Mayor Anja Reinke practiced her Rose Parade wave Saturday morning, holding her elbow and upper arm stiff while letting her wrist do all the work.
"I've been doing this for weeks," Reinke said. "I hope to perfect it before Jan. 1."
Reinke is preparing for her starring role, alongside former Burbank City Manager Mary Alvord, atop the Burbank entry in Pasadena's Tournament of Roses Parade.
The mayor wasn't the only one practicing Saturday. Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn. leaders took this year's float for a test drive Saturday morning along Lake Street. Rose Parade officials from Pasadena measured the float and inspected its pyrotechnic gear and other moving parts to make sure the float was ship-shape.
Burbank passed the tests.
"How we're doing is super-duper," said Janet Diel, a volunteer veteran of 23 years. "Most of the float is completely built. The foaming is done. The screening is done."
Now it's time for more decorating, including an intense period between Christmas and New Year's Eve when float organizers expect more than 1,000 volunteers to help attach live flowers.