Whether it’s a barrel of monkeys putting out a fire in a palm tree or experienced US Forest Service firefighters and the pack mules that assist them, Southern California is well-protected. It makes sense that the USFS, which has brought many “Inspiring Stories” to residents who have lived through wildfires, and Burbank Tournament of Roses Association’s “Jungle Rescue” were placed next to each other in the 2015 Rose Parade. Be sure to check out the slideshow and read the captions for more details.
United States Forest Service
Forest Service green trucks are a common sight in Altadena, just north of Pasadena. USFS maintains the Angeles National Forest—that’s the forest on the mountains folks see when the watch the Rose Parade on TV—protecting it from wildfire and fighting the fires when they do break out. In fact, the first Forest Service Rangers in California rode out of Pasadena into the Angeles Forest Preserve in 1897, represented in the parade by the Legacy string.
The 35,000 members of the USFS were represented in the 126th Tournament of Roses Parade by three pack strings and 22 outwalkers. And, oh yes, Smokey Bear (who does not have a middle name), celebrating his 70th year as the USFS mascot. This is the third parade for the USFS packers, who were previously in the 1979 and 1982 parades. One loyal reader has suggested that Smokey would be the perfect Grand Marshal for the 2016 parade, which is a collaboration with the US National Parks Service.
Burbank “Jungle Rescue”
BTORA is doing pretty well in living up to its stated objective of “building an award winning float for the City of Burbank to enter into the Rose Parade!” “Jungle Rescue” won the Past Presidents Trophy for most creative design and use of both floral and non-floral materials, the organization’s 10th award since 2003. The design by Bill and Carol Cotter of Granada Hills and Stacia Martin of Brea was chosen from dozens of entries in the annual contest.
The self-built float depicted a passel of monkeys rescuing a mother toucan from her burning nest, aided by Geoff the Gorilla at the hand pump. The volunteer fire brigade, as dedicated as the volunteers who create and build Burbank’s entry every year, was led by Chief Oscar, a giraffe named in memory of longtime float volunteer Oscar Wheeler. Composer Timo Chen once again created the music and a siren for the float.
For links to all articles about the 2015 Rose Parade “Inspiring Stories” winners, bookmark “A book with chapters: The 2015 Rose Parade in photos and words.” For the trophy winners, read “Rose Parade floats 2015: Who won in the 126th Tournament of Roses Parade.” Please post comments on Facebook at All Things Rose Parade.