A brontosaurus made of cold steel and uncounted flowers will represent La Cañada Flintridge at the 124th Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2013.
This week officials with the La Cañada Flintridge Rose Tournament Assn. unveiled the winning concept and a preliminary drawing of the float.
The entry, dubbed Dino-Soar, came from La Cañada Flintridge resident Janis Peterson, a former La Cañada float driver who along with her son, Drew, provided the most compelling idea of the 140 submitted to float officials.
The written entries faced several rounds of scrutiny, according to association president Ann Nielson. 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, float association veterans with an eye toward design specs and float construction determined a winner.
Contestants were allowed only to describe 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.”
-- Daniel Siegal, Times Community News