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Posted 03 January 2018 - 11:27 AM

Los Angeles Times, CA
Jan 1 2017
American Armenian float takes home Judges Award at Rose Parade
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The American Armenian Rose Float Assn. participated in the 129th annual Pasadena Tournament of Roses Rose Parade and won the Judges Award with its entry titled Armenian Roots in Pasadena on Monday.
Anthony Clark Carpio Contact Reporter

Three local entrants in the 2018 Rose Parade walked away with awards for their floats during the chilly annual New Year’s Day parade.

The Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn., the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. and the American Armenian Rose Float Assn. received awards for their impressive floats, which impressed the thousands of parade-goers on Monday.


The American Armenian Rose Float Assn.’s entry, titled “Armenia Roots,” received the Judges Award.

The entry is a tribute to Armenian women, whether they be a mother, daughter, grandmother or aunt, who work tirelessly to be the foundation of their family, said Noubar Derbedrosian, a board member of the association.


“There is no one like the women in our lives — our moms, our sisters, our wives — that will give of themselves without ask for anything in return,” he said.

Derbedrosian added that this is the third award the association has received out of the four float entries the organization has submitted. Last year, the group was given the Past President Award for its float titled “Field of Dreams!” in which the entry represented the American-Armenia experience in literature, music and science.

“This is an honor for us,” he said. “We’re a small group of people that do this, and we’re trying to represent all of the Armenian people, not just in Glendale, Pasadena or the L.A. area.”

After not receiving an award for its float “Home Tweet Home” last year, the Burbank association bounced back and was given the Founder Award for its nautical-themed float “Sand-Sational Helpers,” in which sea animals team up to clean a beach, coinciding with this year’s Rose Parade theme, “Making a Difference.”


Steve Edward, the Burbank association’s vice president, said that most of the pieces fell in the right place this year. The jump start on construction and decoration week going off without a hitch, he said, resulted in a solid float this year.

“Everyone pulled together and got this thing finished,” Edward said before the start of the parade. “We got it decorated very well, and it looks great. And it’s always a big break to have [an award] banner in front of our float.”

Though the float came together smoothly, there were some mechanical issues with its animation components.

Jon Reeves, a longtime volunteer with the Burbank association and former construction chair, said the wave mechanism that was created on the side of the float ended up not functioning the way it was designed.

Additionally, an arm of the octopus that was supposed to move up and down stopped working during the judging period over the weekend and was not functional for the parade.

“It’s unfortunate that our two big camera-side animations are not working, but the float turned out great and looks fantastic,” Reeves said.

Edward added that he is particularly proud of 14-year-old Catherine Glandon, the eight-year volunteer whose design was chosen to be this year’s float.

“Now we have to add a new title to her name — she’s now an award-winning float designer,” Edward said.

The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn.’s float, titled “Panda-Monium,”was given the Bob Hope Humor Award.

It is the second year in a row the association has received that particular award, which is no surprise to longtime volunteer Dwight Crumb, who said that the group’s bylaws state that the float must be humorous.

Crumb added that Monday’s award marks the 30th time out of 40 entries that the association has been recognized by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Assn.

“So we have a 75% [award] banner record,” he said. “I think that’s a darn-good record.”

Of the six self-built floats in the Rose Parade, five of them, which includes Burbank and La Cañada, walked away with an award this year.

Crumb said seeing the self-built floats being recognized each year is a testament to the hard work and dedication that the thousands of volunteers put into their floats.

“Self-built [floats] are the heart of the parade,” he said.


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Posted Yesterday, 10:19 AM

Public Radio of Armenia
Dec 10 2018
American Armenian Rose Float Association gears up for 2019 Pasadena tournament of roses
2018-12-10 18:39:22 

The American Armenian Rose Float Association (AARFA) has released the design for the next Armenian Rose Parade float, which will take part in the 130th Pasadena Tournament of Roses, on January 1, 2019. This will be the Armenian rose float’s fifth consecutive participation in the world-renowned tournament, Pasadena Now reports. 

Carrying the theme “Chanting Stones: Karahunj,” the new Armenian rose float celebrates the greatness of Armenian culture, echoing the general theme of the 130th Pasadena Tournament of Roses, which is “The Melody of Life.”

The design of the Armenian rose float was inspired by the stones of Karahunj, a prehistoric monument consisting of a formation of megaliths, in Armenia’s Syunik Province, and often referred to as “the Armenian Stonehenge.” “Karahunj,” which means “speaking stones” or “chanting stones,” refers to the fact that on windy days, the massive standing stones of Karahunj make a distinctive whistling sound. Karahunj predates Stonehenge by 3,500 years.

In keeping with the musical theme of the 2019 Tournament of Roses, the newest Armenian float features a dynamic, exuberant design, with several Armenian musical and cultural references. The central element consists of a duo of dancers performing the yarkhushta, a beloved Armenian folk dance. The two dancing figures were taken from a painting by the acclaimed artist Meruzhan Khachatryan. The dancers are seen performing atop a formation of rocks adorned with khazes, the uniquely Armenian notes representing the ancient Armenian system of musical notation. The inclusion of the khazes here is particularly significant as it honors the 150th anniversary of the birth of Komitas, the renowned musicologist who was devoted to the decipherment of the khaz system.

Other elements of the float’s design include a scattering of apricot trees (the Latin name of the apricot, prunus armeniaca, means “Armenian plum”); as well as a duduk player and three Armenian mouflons, an endangered subspecies of wild sheep.

The design of the new Armenian rose float was conceived by AARFA Board member Johnny Kanounji.

On New Year’s Day, 2019, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses will be seen by about 700,000 spectators in Pasadena and a global audience in 145 countries and territories.


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