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….was the theme for this year’s La Canada Flintridge award winning Tournament of Roses float.  This fantastic idea for the 34th self-built city float came independently from Pam Wiedenbeck, my amazing Huntington Botanical Garden’s Brush painting student and the current president, Ann Neilson.  What synchronicity!  Their artist, Jacob Maitless, did the rendering based on the concept and  “a lot of input from the peanut gallery”.

Before I show you the float, here’s the Stealth bomber flying over the house on it’s way to the Rose Parade.



In the time it took me to go from the patio to the TV in the kitchen, it was flying over the parade route.  (Maybe 40 seconds!)010

There it goes………..picture courtesy of KTLA 5.


Throughout the year, it was so much fun to have Pam tell us about the progress on the float during our Brush painting ‘lunch breaks’.


Pam built the two birds on the front of the float and about 2/3 of the cloud structure.  This was all steel pencil rod covered with window screen and a polymer coating.  The shapes are then painted and decorated.  Did I mention Pam is a terror of a welder?!!!


Pam was also the float driver.  Her training consisted in driving the bare chassis in the La Canada Memorial Day parade, two Pasadena Tournament of Roses test drives, moving the float for decorating, driving convoy to Orange Grove, driving in the parade, driving convoy home, and finally taking the float to Memorial Park in La Canada on Saturday, January 7th.  Pam told me, “It was an experience that I would repeat in a heartbeat.  However, if I never hear Frank sing ‘Come Fly With Me’ again, it will be too soon!!!”


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