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Glendale struggling for Rose float support

November 26, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
"Say Cheese" is the theme of the float the city of Glendale is putting together for the 2011 Rose Parade. Though the effort to launch the float is well under way, organizers say support is fading.Glendale has the distinction of being the second oldest community participating in the Rose Parade. The city entered its first float in 1911.

The theme of this year's parade in Pasadena is "Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories."

Glendale put in half of the nearly $100,000 cost for the building of its float. Community donations made up the rest.

However, there hasn't been much community support in attempting to fund a float for 2012.

Glendale City Councilman Dave Weaver said with the city possibly facing a more than $8 million deficit in 2011, the city won't be able to shoulder more of the cost of a future float.

"In these economic times, people aren't exactly shelling out money like they used to," Weaver said. "We're doing better than most cities around, but still, we have to balance a budget every year."

For years the city has won awards for its decorative floats with help from many community volunteers, from age 13 to senior citizens.

Glendale is second to Los Angeles in the number of years participating in the parade.

Weaver said he can't imagine the city not being on the world stage next year.

"It would be devastating to me," Weaver said. "We're one year behind the city of Los Angeles and I want to see them cave in before we do. They've got their own deficits to worry about so I hope we're around to be number one."

"I have a lot of love for the float and it's always a pleasure to see Glendale's float come down," said Gary Ackerman, president of the Glendale Rose Float Association. "It's something that sings to the heart."


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