Many guests gave a double thumbs-up to the Burbank Tournament of Roses float entry “Centennial Celebration” when it was unveiled during New Year’s Eve under the Olive Avenue bridge.
What wasn’t to love? There were icons in 3-D — City Hall, Bob’s Big Boy, the Bob Hope Airport terminal filled with people and luggage — pictures of Walt Disney and Johnny Carson and a soundtrack featuring themes like “Thanks for the Memories” and “When You Wish Upon a Star.”
“It encompasses everything in Burbank and the surrounding area,” said Gregg Cicourel of North Hollywood, who owns a business, Collectible Wizard, in Burbank. “It proves that Burbank is the Hollywood of the world, not Hollywood.”
His wife, Jaci Verser, was in awe.
“The Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn. has outdone themselves,” Verser said. “The design, the animation and the soundtrack — it’s fabulous!”
The unveiling also served as a kick-off for Burbank’s yearlong celebration of its centennial.