“Victory at Last,” a salute to Women’s Suffrage, has been selected as the official theme of South Pasadena’s float in the 2020 Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day.
The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote, ending almost a century of protest.
A line sketch of the float was created by graphic designer Mike Mera, back to help the local committee for a second straight year. A color rendering is being worked on and Dunlap says it will be completed in about a month. Some of the larger elements on the float feature a scroll depicting the 19th Amendment, iconic pieces representing women from the start of the movement, including hats and jewelry worn at the time and other elements of the day.
The Tournament of Roses accepted the city’s float design during the recent Theme Draft, a day when submissions for float designs are handed to the Tournament of Roses officials.
“We took our float design submission to the Tournament of Roses to reflect the 19th Amendment, celebrating women’s suffrage,” said South Pasadena Tournament of Roses President Courtney Dunlap. “We’re really excited to take our rendering to see what we can come up with so it’s another crowd pleaser. There’s not going to be much for animation for this float. We are going to have a lot of floral on it.”
Tournament of Roses officials have selected “Power of Hope” as the overall theme of the Rose Parade.
SPTOR GOLF TOURNAMENT–In other news, the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Golf Tournament is set for June 15 with an 8 a.m. tee off at Arroyo Golf Course.
The annual fundraiser helps to raise funds for materials and flowers for the float, totaling between $80,000 to $100,000 in construction and decorating costs each years.
PHOTO OF FLOAT – South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Chair Courtney Dunlap, now in her second year at the helm, recently received a surprise package in the mail. When it arrived at her South Pasadena home, Dunlap said, “What is this?” not knowing the contents. “I couldn’t believe it when I opened it. It’s awesome.”
In the mail came a giant photo of South Pasadena’s award-winning float – “Three Little Birds” – in the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade.