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Burbank's 2012 Rose Parade float making progress

October 17, 2011 | 10:03 am

Burbank's 2012 Rose Parade float

The systems check for Burbank's float for the 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade is a "go," organizers said last week.

The mechanical structure of "The Dream Machine" has been mostly completed, the Burbank Leader reported.

The float features a boy sleeping on his bed on a cloud, dreaming of what he could become.

"He's dreaming of becoming an astronaut and that dream is picked up by the dream machine," said Robert Hutt, president of the Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn. "At the end of the float, the boy is dressed in a space suit in a rocket — the dream becomes reality."

The float is in keeping with the "Just imagine ... " theme of the parade to be held Jan. 2 in Pasadena.

"Last Saturday was our first inspection," Hutt said, adding that the mechanical inspection included a test drive. "It was completed successfully. There's nothing major to fix."

The float's pyrotechnic smoke feature was tested to ensure floats following "The Dream Machine" won't be eclipsed.

"The smoke dissipates pretty well," Hutt said. "Looks like we're a go."

Construction and welding work continue on the float, and in a few weeks, the decorating work begins with dry flowers, Hutt said.

The process can take up to a couple of weeks, and then painting begins.

Anyone interested in volunteering should call (818) 840-0060 or visit www.burbankrosefloat.com.

The float's final design will be presented to the City Council on Oct. 25.

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Photo: The Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn.'s depiction of its 2012 float, "The Dream Machine." Credit: Raul Roa / Times Community News

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