With the announcement that the 2022 Rose Parade is on schedule, Brant Dunlap said it was time to start working in earnest on South Pasadena’s entry into the upcoming New Years’ Show.
“Our Saturday vacation is over, “joked Dunlap, chairman of the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses committee, as he looks to the future with enthusiasm, hoping that life around the city float will soon be like that of before the coronavirus.
By this time, the weekends were filled with volunteers working long hours on the city float behind the War Memorial Building in town, months before the big day of descending Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena to the marching band of thousands of people on the sidelines and millions more of viewers around the world.
All of this usual activity was halted in March 2020 when city closures became the norm. With the announcement last summer of the cancellation of the 2021 parade, local tank builders were forced to put their tools away for a brighter future.
Then came last week when Bob Miller, president of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, has formalized the return of America’s Celebration – as the officials of Rose Parade invented it – as well as the Rose Bowl Game that would accompany it next January to inaugurate the new year.
“As we move forward with our plans to bring hope and optimism to the world, public health and safety remains our top priority,” Miller said, noting that attendees and fans can expect changes without specifying what ‘they will be. “The evolving nature of the pandemic requires flexibility, continuous adjustments and mitigation measures to be incorporated into our planned activities. We plan to announce more specific details on the Rose Parade and associated events as they become available. “
What exactly the parade and the game will look like, only the Tournament of Roses can only answer, but for now having them on the books is good enough for Dunlap and company.
For the South Pasadena de Roses tournament committee, that means a construction crew will soon be back to work on a tank – “Sky’s the Limit” – which has been on hold for most of last year.
“I sent emails to specific subcommittees to get the ball rolling,” said an excited Dunlap. “As a committee, we have resumed holding our monthly meetings through Zoom as we usually do. “
The next big hurdle, noted the SPTOR president, will be planning for the organization’s annual golf tournament to be held in June. “This could potentially be our first in-person fundraiser since the Crunch Time Party in 2019,” Dunlap said. “It’s a long time.”
Crunch Time, a silent and live dinner, auction, was replaced last December by a virtual event and grossed around $ 35,000, roughly the same amount raised as the live event that was traditionally held at the War memorial building. Other fundraisers like a vintage car show and a giant raffle for parade and match tickets will also be in the works over the remaining months to help pay for a city float with a prize of 80,000. $ to $ 100,000 by combining the cost of steel and flowers.
Now that it’s gone, Miller has said that the 2022 Rose Parade will feature elements that were planned for the 2021 parade, including the theme “Dream.” To believe. To achieve.”
In a statement released by the Tournament of Roses, the theme of the 2022 parade extends beyond the initial focus on education and will include a celebration of perseverance and strength, science and scientists, healthcare professionals, first responders and essential workers. Additionally, Miller said the upcoming parade will celebrate the determination of those who walk the path from dream to reality.
“By building an unshakeable belief base, our ambitions are only limited by the expectations we set on ourselves,” the TOR post read. “Our life, the lives of those we love, our community and even the world can be forever changed when our hopes are nourished with passion, fueled by knowledge and sustained with perseverance. We pay tribute to all who go beyond their reach in the quest to make a dream come true. “
Dunlap loves the idea of the big event making a comeback, knowing its importance to the community. “Our tank brings us together,” he insisted. “It helps build friendships. It makes people smile. For those who worked there, it forges an unforgettable memory. It attracts people from all over once a year to come to our city and fill a bucket list to put a flower on a chariot.
Now that 2020 is over, disappointed like others, the last Rose Parade has been canceled, Dunlap is eager to move on, doing what he can to put the last 12 months behind him, saying: “We were on such a mental roller coaster.
When the 2021 parade was suspended last June, SPTOR hadn’t raised a single penny and wondered if the resources would be there to financially build a float. Its cancellation was somewhat of a relief, Dunlap now acknowledges. “Knowing that the parade was not going to take place allowed us to relax a bit and not panic,” he explained.
As COVID-19 cases continue to decline and Southern California begins to look like pre-pandemic life, he likes to know he can call on his team to launch the massive effort they are making. it takes to put the city chariot on the starting line of an event that has been a part of the Pasadena landscape for over 130 years. “I am excited by the news that there is going to be a parade and a game,” said Dunlap. “The fact that the tournament is getting ready for 2022 is helping us get back on track to really start moving on the float again. Before the announcement, we were just waiting a bit slowly to hear the next step. “
All it took was for Miller to break the good news. “Now we know and we’re good to go,” said a smiling Dunlap.