The Burbank Tournament of Roses Association will present their Open House & Craft Faire this Saturday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Float Barn Construction & Decoration Site. This free event is open to the public and will take place at Burbank Water and Power Yard located at 123 W Olive Ave. in Burbank. A span of unique gifts will be available for your holiday shopping at the Faire along with a look at the design of this year’s City of Burbank Rose Parade float entry currently under construction!
2014 marks the City of Burbank’s centennial anniversary of its very first float entry into the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, ‘Goddess of Plenty’ (and winner of the Special Cup)! Fast-forward 100 years later to Bill and Carol Cotter of Granada Hills along with Stacia Martin of Brea, winning this year’s design contest with their entry titled “Movie Magic.” (They have won two prior times within the past decade as well.) Their design will represent Burbank’s 82nd entry in the 125th Rose Parade themed “Dreams Come True” on Jan. 1, 2014.
Last May the Burbank Tournament of Roses Association members reviewed dozens of float title suggestions and an overwhelming majority chose “Lights … Camera … Action!” Who better to have in the Director’s Chair on that float than Hollywood Legend Garry Marshall? Director of numerous box office hits including Pretty Woman, Beaches, Frankie & Johnny, Runaway Bride, and New Year’s Eve, Marshall is the City of Burbank’s perfect choice! “When I first heard that Garry was going to ride on the float, I let out a scream of joy and excitement,” admits Steven Edward, Vice President – Float, Burbank Tournament of Roses Association.
Marshall also created some of the longest-running sitcoms including Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, The Odd Couple, and Mork & Mindy. He has been the recipient of the American Comedy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award, inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Television Academy Hall of Fame, and recently inaugurated into the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Broadcasting Hall of Fame. His 130-seat Falcon Theatre opened in 1997, launched its annual 5-play Subscription Series in 2002, and flourishes today operating year-round. “We wanted a director/producer who represents the best in movie making and the best of Burbank,” adds Edward. “Our entire crew is so very excited and proud that he accepted our invitation to ride aboard the City of Burbank’s Rose Parade float entry!”
The City of Burbank’s float is designed, built, and decorated all by volunteers of The Burbank Tournament of Roses Association. Parking for the Open House and Craft Faire is available at the Metrolink Parking Lot at the corner of Olive Avenue and Flower Street; for more information visit BurbankRoseFloat.com or call (818) 840-0060.