Dino-Soar to roar for La Cañada Flintridge in Rose Parade
A brontosaurus will roar its way along the Rose Parade route come Jan. 1 after the concept was selected as the winning entry to represent the city of La Cañada Flintridge.
This week officials with the La Cañada Flintridge Rose Tournament Assn. unveiled a preliminary drawing of the float, dubbed Dino-Soar. The idea came from resident Janis Peterson, a former La Cañada float driver who along with her son, Drew, provided the most compelling idea of the 140 submitted.
This year marked the first time that the association insisted on online-only submissions.
The idea features a young brontosaurus romping on roller skates with wings strapped to his back, watched by a saber-toothed tiger and a pterodactyl. The theme for the 2013 Rose Parade is "Oh, the Places You'll Go."
The written entries faced several rounds of scrutiny, according to association president Ann Neilson. At first, any interested party was allowed to weigh in, using the association's criteria that the float be humorous, animated and colorful. After about 60 entries remained, a winner was determined by float association veterans with an eye toward design specs and float construction.
Contestants were allowed to describe only their float ideas, rather than present them in drawings, in order to weed out an old bias favoring entries from people with strong illustration skills, Neilson said.
"Years ago, the better artist was the one catching everyone's attention," she said. "Now, it is just ideas."
The identity of the winner was unknown to the judges, and Neilson said it was a pleasant surprise to have a La Cañadan take the cake.
Peterson was not immediately available for comment.
After the entry was chosen, Jacob Maitless, a longtime artist for the association, sketched the first working version of the final product.
A color rendering of the float design will be unveiled by the association at a benefit at 6 p.m. Saturday, at the La Cañada Thursday Club.
Neilson said volunteers will now name each part of the float as the first step in figuring out size, color, materials and when to build what. A bare-bones version of the float will make an appearance in May, but it won't resemble its final incarnation, she said.
It will start with cold steel, innumerable flowers and seeds still to come.
"The public gets its first look at a big metal box on Memorial Day," Neilson said.
--Bill Kisliuk, Times Community News
Illustration: A preliminary drawing of Dino-Soar, the La Cañada Rose Tournament Assn. entry in the 2013 Rose Parade in Pasadena. The winning idea came from La Cañada Flintridge resident Janis Peterson. Credit: Courtesy of the La Cañada Rose Tournament Assn.