Float Judging Today

Tournament of Roses Float Judges scheduled to arrive at South Pasadena Float Site at 4pm

PHOTO: Cyndi Bemel | SouthPasadenan.com | South Pasadena self-built float coming together in the final hours

Crunch Time continues as South Pasadenans put the final flowers and flourishes on our beautiful and spirited self-built float today! The Tournament of Roses judges are scheduled to arrive at 4pm but they could run late. Nevertheless, Janet Benjamin tells us they must be ready. “The judges are very serious. They begin by ringing a bell and we must all be silent. We are not allowed to speak to the judges. They have a handler with them who may ask questions of myself or the construction chair. After a couple of minutes, they ring the bell again and we can all whoop and hollar as much as we want!”

PHOTO: Cyndi Bemel | SouthPasadenan.com | Volunteers placing flowers on float elements in the final hours leading up to the final judging at the float site at the War Memorial Building
PHOTO: Cyndi Bemel | SouthPasadenan.com | Volunteers work on a banner for the South Pasadena float in the final crunch hours

When you see our float live or on TV be on the lookout for the special details like the use of the buffalo grass which was used to create the ostrich feathers. Benjamin says, “The buffalo grass is black and grey, the black goes on top of the ostrich and the grey goes underneath and it was grown for us in Indiana. When we put out a call for buffalo grass, the answer came from the Burbank self-built float who gave us the Indiana contact. The six cities who do the self-built floats are a wonderful, supportive community. We all help each other out.” She continues, “we’re all out to make a great parade and if we can help each other out, we do. A few years ago, we needed white roses at the last minute and La Canada came out with twelve flats of white roses for us.”

Also look for the 40,000 burgundy roses that will be adorning the roadster. They were all grown in Ecudor for us and it’s the largest use of roses we’ve ever had on one element of the float.

PHOTO: Cyndi Bemel | SouthPasadenan.com
PHOTO: Cyndi Bemel | SouthPasadenan.com
PHOTO: Cyndi Bemel | SouthPasadenan.com
PHOTO: Cyndi Bemel | SouthPasadenan.com
PHOTO: Cyndi Bemel | SouthPasadenan.com
Alisa Hayashida has been covering arts, culture, & events in the greater Pasadena Metro areas and Los Angeles Metro areas for the past six years. She is a valuable arts advocate in South Pasadena, with an extensive background in theater arts. Since graduating from UC Irvine, her work has taken her from Los Angeles to India, London, Paris and throughout Europe. She lives in South Pasadena with her husband and son and has been a devout South Pasadenan for the past 25 years.


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