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‘Beverly Hills: City Of Dreams Come True’, Float Ready To Roll For Jan. 1 Rose Parade

By Brenton Garen, Beverly Hills Courier

Beverly Hills will showoff to more than one billion sets of eyes tomorrow when the City’s first Rose Parade entry since 1987 rolls through the streets of Pasadena and onto television around the world.

The final touches to the float, “Beverly Hills—City of Dreams Come True,” were finished late last night at Fiesta Parade Floats in Irwindale.

The float, measuring in at 18 feet wide and 55 feet long, consists of three floral arenas  with the world’s most recognizable city limit sign prominently featured at the front of the float.

Running through the heart of Beverly Hills is the stunning Beverly Gardens Park, a world renowned assemblage of plants, trees, flowers and water sculptures.

Taking center stage, at 24- feet, is a floral rendition of the famed Electric Fountain located at the intersection of Santa Monica and Wilshire Boulevards.

An idyllic lily pond, flanked by wrought-iron street lamps styled from those lining Rodeo Drive, complete the setting.

In his speech thanking sponsors, volunteers and supporters on Wednesday, the Committee’s Clif Smith, publisher of The Courier, reported that Beverly Hills had 185 registered volunteer decorators.

“This is the largest number of any of the 12 cities with floats in the parade. Beverly Hills also chalked up the largest number of volunteers in one shift-50,” Smith said.

Volunteers covered shifts between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. each day since Sunday and the attention to their decorating detail was amazing.

They created more than 20 terra cotta tiles to line the fountain with light and dark blue sinuate statice petals and golden flax and creamy-white sesame seeds.

The center water spay are detailed with blue delphinium and white dendrobium orchid florets.

Wrought iron street lamps around the float were decorated with black chive seeds supported by floral baskets of exotic orchids in sunset tones.

Thousands of red long stemmed Bentley roses are featured as well – this is the first time the flower has been used in the Rose Parade.

Real water is even utilized in the rear fountain and the song 90210 Beverly Hills will be played through the on-board sound system.

Karen Caskey, of Team Beverly Hills, spent four days this week decorating the float.

“There has been a tremendous amount of community spirit. Some people told me they would quit their jobs if they knew they could come and do this every day,” Caskey said. “All the volunteers took pride in their work and they really showed passion and dedication.”

Caskey estimated each of terra cotta tiles had about 40 hours of volunteer labor put into them.

She said the Beverly Hills sign took about 15 hours in total to create.

The Tournament of Roses Parade will be aired live at 8 a.m. tomorrow.

See more Rose Float coverage on pages 17-20 by downloading the e-edition here.

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