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By Bryan Mahoney | April 10, 2012
Not even stampeding elephants could rain on Linda Barnes' parade. When Barnes and a group of her neighbors held their first Burbank on Parade in 1982, they were entering unknown territory. The city's Easter parade was a small affair on Third Street - a far cry from the pomp and circumstance of the parade in the early 1950s that celebrated the return of troops from World War II. Nearly three decades had passed and Barnes and her friends found themselves watching the Easter parade and thought - no, knew - they could do better.
January 2, 2012
Burbank's "The Dream Machine" won the Mayor's Award for best municipal float. Jon Reeves, president of the Burbank Rose Float Assn., designed the hydraulics and many other elements of the float. That includes the bed carrying a sleeping boy at the front of the float. The bed is made of structural steel, pencil rod steel, chicken wire and a plastic cocoon originally developed to mothball ships, Reeves said. Among the Burbank volunteers were Victor and Erica Luster of Santa Clarita, who began volunteering for the Burbank float 15 years ago. Victor Luster, wearng the patch he earned for volunteering at his first parade in 1998, said it all started when they were looking for something their bored teenage son could do. -- Elisabeth Frater and Bill Kisliuk , Times Community News  
By Gretchen Meier, | March 15, 2011
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.
By Bill Kisliuk, | December 15, 2010
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.
By Gretchen Meier, | July 28, 2010
Burbank is set to undertake one of the most elaborate designs ever for the city's entry into the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade, officials said. The float design, unveiled this week, will celebrate 100 years since the city's incorporation, and will be called "Centennial Celebration." "This float is really going to be the leadoff event for the yearlong celebration of our city," said Bob Hutt, the president of the Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn. "We're excited to be setting the tone for the entire year."
April 17, 2010
Winners have been announced for Burbank on Parade: Bands: Middle School Band: first place, Clifton Middle School; Drum Major: first place, Clifton Middle School; Majorette: first place, Clifton Middle School; Drill Team, first place, Clifton Middle School; second place, Rialto Middle School; Auxiliary: first place, Clifton Middle School; second place, Rialto Middle School; Drill Team Youth, first place, Toluca Lake Drill Team; Sweepstakes,...
By Christopher Cadelago | April 16, 2010
The big top rolled through town Saturday, saturating Burbank on Parade’s 29th annual street march in a wave of colors that breathed life into an overcast morning. Burbank on Parade Celebrates the Big Top, this year’s iteration of an event that began in 1945, began with a 27-foot-wide circus tent and gave way to Grand Marshal Ronald McDonald. The hamburger mascot waved from inside a 1926 Ford as hundreds of spectators lined Olive Avenue from Keystone to Lomita streets to take in the community celebration of floats, equestrian groups and public officials.
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