It's crunch time for the hundreds of volunteers working on Burbank's 82nd entry into the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade that will roll down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena on New Year's Day.
About 180 volunteers were in the Burbank Water & Power auxiliary warehouse on Thursday, according to officials with the Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn., and hundreds more showed up on Friday as the clock ticked toward the big unveiling.
That number is expected to swell each day until the parade, officials said.
The float, titled "Lights… Camera… Action!," features of a 22-foot-tall villain conducting a train with a real whistle. The locomotive is headed toward a damsel who is tied to the tracks and a hero, riding a stallion, is coming to the maiden's rescue.
Steven Edward, a computer systems manager for Warner Bros. in Burbank, was in the belly of the float Friday testing out the real brass whistle system designed to add real effect to the float's large locomotive.