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Burbank's wins Fantasy Award for 'Lights! Camera! Action!' float

January 02, 2014|By Sal Polcino
  • The Burbank float "Lights! Camera! Action!" won the Fantasy Award for most outstanding display of fantasy and imagination at the Rose Parade in Pasadena on Wednesday, January 1, 2014.
The Burbank float "Lights! Camera! Action!"… (Raul Roa )

The pageantry of the Tournament of Roses Parade took over the streets of Pasadena for the 125th time Wednesday morning with a cast of thousands. Marching bands from as far as Japan, equestrian groups featuring Appaloosa, Andalusian and Clydesdale horses, KC & the Sunshine Band, Natalie Cole and this year's winner of NBC's “The Voice,” Tessanne Chin all joined the festivities.

Of course, what most of the nearly 800,000 fans came out to see were the floats with their larger-than-life characters and vividly colored roses.

PHOTOS: The 125th annual Tournament of Roses parade

The Fantasy Award for most outstanding display of fantasy and imagination went to Burbank for its innovative entry “Lights! Camera! Action!” An evil villain rode a train waving a deed and chasing a young maiden while a hero on horseback raced to save her. The float had a mining car filled with black roses to simulate coal.

Jon Reeves, head of construction for the Burbank float, has worked with the Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn. for 12 years.


“This is the 100th anniversary of Burbank's first float entry in the parade, but it is actually the 80th float. There were a few years here and there that we didn't have an entry,” said Reeves. “To my knowledge this is the first time we have had a celebrity rider though.”

Director Garry Marshall (“Pretty Woman”) sat at the head of the float “directing” the action and his son Scott Marshall, also an accomplished director, played the camera man.

The float, an ode to silent films, held a real train whistle and played an original soundtrack composed by Timo Chen.

“We are one of the six self-built floats in this year's parade,” said Reeves. “It's good to see the 'selfies' doing so well this year.”

Five out of the six self-builts, made entirely by the entrants and volunteers, took home awards. The Burbank float will be on display at Glenoaks and Olive form January 3 through 6.

Glendale's 2014 entry, “Let's Be Neighbors,” featured local flora and fauna. While the song “Bear Neccessities” played through the loudspeakers, a deer, a coyote, a raccoon and other California wildlife wagged their tails and Glendale's most famous animal marauder, Meatball the Bear, popped out of a giant trashcan.

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