After the Pasadena Tournament of Roses announcement of its 2012 parade theme “Just Imagine…’’, members of the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association collected nearly 100 contest entries for what the city’s float should be called.
The winner: “If Pigs Could Fly.’’
Jim Geoghegan, vice president of float development for the LCFTRA, told Patch the association’s bylaws call for a humorous, animated float. This year, two entries, one each from current LCFTRA president Ann Neilson and one from past president Pam Wiedenbeck, described soaring swine. They each suggested “If Pigs Could Fly’’ as titles and neither knew they shared the same idea, Geoghegan said.
The float artist took the women’s verbal descriptions and created the 2012 design, he said.
“Construction is really starting to pick up now,’’ James Herrington, construction chair, wrote in the association’s September newsletter.
According to Herrington, over the past few weeks, the construction crew has finished most of the welding on the copter structure and the copter’s massive lifting mechanism is also completed. The rough layout of the crew compartments is finished, he said, and the construction of the pod structure, or base of the float, has begun.
Wiedenbeck, who piloted the float base in the city’s Memorial Day parade, and the Tournament’s first official test, will drive the flying pigs down Colorado Boulevard on Jan. 2.
To read more about the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association, please check their website.