CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2013 |
A depiction of Glendale's famous Meatball the Bear will be the centerpiece of the city's next Rose Parade float, council members decided Tuesday. After he was caught devouring frozen Costco meatballs from a garage refrigerator in Glendale last year, Meatball gained celebrity status for frequent jaunts through the city's hillside neighborhoods. He was relocated to a San Diego County wildlife sanctuary in August. Titled “Let's be neighbors,” the Glendale float will feature the 400-pound California black bear's animatronic likeness popping up and down inside a trash can - its lid teetering on his head - as he's surrounded by wildlife companions, including a waving raccoon, skunk, deer and red-tailed hawk. The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the $155,000 project, concocted by a panel of city workers and float-builder Phoenix Decorating Co., the Glendale News-Press reported.
June 13, 2013 |
They're starting to work on parade floats on Japan's Kyushu Island , where the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival is just around the corner. The summer event , which is expected to draw about 1 million spectators during its July 1-15 run, isn't just a parade. It's an exercise in silliness. Parade participants race through the streets of the lively harbor town of Hakata, carrying elaborately decorated 1-ton floats on their shoulders. The object is to reach the finish line before teams from other neighborhoods.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2012 |
In a cavernous warehouse on a recent weekday, Rose Parade volunteers were busy painting and clipping flowers as they rushed to complete their float in time for New Year's Day festivities. But all activity paused when the star of the decorated stage arrived. With a Marine corporal in tow, Lucca, a German shepherd-Malinois mix, hopped curiously toward a group of excited children. Her head dipped from the weight of her body, no longer supported by her amputated left leg. It's been nine months since Lucca lost her paw to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2012 |
Long before the city of Los Angeles was officially incorporated, a Spanish priest and the Gabrielino-Tongva Indians came together to build Mission San Gabriel in 1771. A decade later, L.A.'s original settlers made the trek to Olvera Street from the mission -- a journey that allowed San Gabriel to lay claim as the birthplace of the Los Angeles region. As the city launches a yearlong celebration of its centennial, longtime community leaders are hoping to remind both newer residents and non-locals of that history.
November 15, 2012 |
A parade honoring wounded veterans turned tragic Thursday when a freight train crashed into a festive flatbed trailer carrying about two dozen vets and their wives in Midland, Texas, killing four people and injuring 16, officials said. The Midland Police Department said two flatbed trailers being towed in the annual Hunt for Heroes parade were crossing the railroad tracks shortly after 4:30 p.m. when the locomotive struck the second one. Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter said the truck and trailer had nearly made it across before the collision.
December 30, 2011 |
Singing cowboy Roy Rogers devoted his life to keeping the spirit of the American West alive. As a testament to his legacy, fans can join his Riders Club, which boasted nearly 2.5 million members in the U.S. and 90,000 in England during its heyday in the 1950s. "He stood for morals and ethics and was a real-life hero to many," said his son, Roy "Dusty" Rogers Jr. Rogers starred in more than 80 films and "The Roy Rogers Show," which aired on NBC for six seasons and focused on family values and the cowboy lifestyle and had its own set of club rules such as "always obey your parents" and "be courteous and polite.