Some laughed, others cried out of joy as Tournament of Roses judges came to South Pasadena early Monday morning to give their second and final inspection before honoring the top floats with awards in Tuesday’s 130th running of the Rose Parade.
One judge gave a thumbs up as she walked back into a van carrying TOR officials from one float to another in a daylong effort to seek out the top floats. Another tapped one foot listening to the lively sounds coming from the city’s entry.
“I think we’ve got an award winner,” South Pasadena Tournament of Roses President Courtney Dunlap declared after one of the judges rang a bell signaling the end to the five minute inspection of the city’s float, entitled, “Three Little Birds.”
Dunlap said she was proud to be associated with the float’s Construction Chair Chris Colburn, Decoration Chair Janet Benjamin and all those who contributed in making the finished product “awesome. Everyone did such a great job.”
South Pas proudly has the oldest parade in the parade. “I’m ecstatic,” said Paul Abbey, a longtime construction crewmember for the local float.
Abbey called it a labor of love.
“We were up all night finishing it up and its ready to go. We’ve got a real winner on our hands here. Everyone is going to respond well to it.”
The city’s float is inspired by the Bob Marley song, serving as a reminder to be thankful for what you have and those around you.
South Pasadena City Councilmember Diana Mahmud said called what she saw “a pretty spectacular float. It’s such a positive reflection of our city. I hope all this hard work is paid off with an award.”