The Burbank Tournament of Roses Association is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization comprised completely of volunteers. Burbank is one of six remaining self-built floats. Other self-built floats are Cal Poly Universities (Pomona and San Luis Obispo), Sierra MadreSouth Pasadena, La Canada-Flintridge, and Downey.  Each year the Association is responsible for constructing and decorating a float to represent the City of Burbank in the annual Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade held every New Year's Day.

The majority of floats in the parade are built by professional float builders such as Fiesta Parade Floats, Charisma Floats, Ride and Show Engineering, Festival Artists, Studio Concepts, and Phoenix Decorating Company.  



We are located in the City of Burbank Water and Power Yard at 123 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91502. All construction and decoration takes place at the Burbank Water and Power Yard.



The City of Burbank has been represented in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade each New Year's Day since 1914. Originally, floats were entered on behalf of the City by the Chamber of Commerce and the city schools. It wasn't until 1947 that Burbank Tournament of Roses Association became responsible for the float entries.



Preparation for each year's float begins right after New Year's Day. Ideas and drawings are requested from the general public in a design contest as soon as the parade theme is announced. The Board of Directors of the Association selects several of the designs and presents them to the general membership for the final choice. By March final drawings and plans are being examined by the construction and decoration committees. Actual physical construction of the float begins in May. Decoration materials are ordered in July and the ensuing months. Orders for live flowers are placed with various growers in September and October. Actual decoration of the float begins December 26 and continues until December 31. On New Year's Eve a contingent of City of Burbank Motorcycle Police escort the float, via surface streets, to Pasadena.


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