Clark Jellison has entered the annual Rose Parade float design contest since he was a Burbank High School student.
Now 56, Jellison is the official float design contest winner for a seventh time for the “Just Imagine” theme entry into the 2012 Pasadena Tournament of Roses.
When he was just 16 years old, his design, “Neptune’s Daughter,” took first place in the 1973 parade.
This year’s sketch, with a working title of “The Great America Dream Machine,” was a design Jellison originally submitted 10 years ago that came in second for the local contest.
“I drew this one far in advance,” said Jellison. “When the president of the Pasadena tournament announced what he was looking for in the parade, I thought this fit because it was imaginative and whimsy.”
The last time Jellison had a design selected for the Burbank float was for the 2001 parade, and it was drawn the night before the contest ended, he said. It was the only one of his designs that did not earn a Tournament award.