LCF’s Princesses, Float in Rose Parade Spotlight

Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association float, titled “Tree Frog Night,” won the Founder Award before taking a ride down Colorado Boulevard in the Rose Parade on Tuesday.
Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK
The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association float, titled “Tree Frog Night,” won the Founder Award before taking a ride down Colorado Boulevard in the Rose Parade on Tuesday.

La Cañada Flintridge made its presence known at the 130th Rose Parade on Tuesday, winning the Founder Award for its colorful float and boasting the participation of two local Rose Princesses in the much-watched procession.
La Cañada High School senior Rucha Kadam and Flintridge Prep senior Helen Rossi, both LCF residents, took a 5.5-mile journey on a float bearing the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court and thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

OUTLOOK photo La Cañada High senior Rucha Kadam and Flintridge Prep senior Helen Rossi, LCF residents selected to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court, wave to the crowd at the beloved parade.
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La Cañada High senior Rucha Kadam and Flintridge Prep senior Helen Rossi, LCF residents selected to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court, wave to the crowd at the beloved parade.

“Riding down Colorado Boulevard was an incredibly special moment for all of us,” Kadam said in an email. “It was amazing seeing everyone we have worked with over the past three months waving to us from the grandstands.”
Added Rossi: “While we have had the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people over the past three months throughout the community, making the turn from Orange Grove Boulevard onto Colorado Boulevard was the iconic, breathtaking moment everyone said it would be. I loved seeing all of our friends and family in the grandstands as we made our way down the parade route.”
Not to be outdone, the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association’s float “Tree Frog Night” earned honors. Celebrating the parade’s theme, “Melodies of Life,” the float depicted three frogs playing instruments amid a Louisiana bayou featuring lots of flowers.
The LCF float now has won awards for the last eight consecutive years.
The Founder Award, according to a statement from the Tournament of Roses, is given to the most outstanding float built and decorated by volunteers from a community organization.

Photo courtesy Janet Lazier Katherine Lazier, 19, of La Cañada Flintridge, rides her horse California Blue in the Rose Parade. Lazier is a member of the Blue Shadows Mounted Drill Team, a nonprofit equestrian organization dedicated to teaching boys and girls ages 7-18 horsemanship, leadership, discipline and teamwork through the sport of mounted drill. Not shown in the picture is LCF resident and friend Hanna Alanizi, 19, who also participated in the parade. Both are freshmen at UC Santa Cruz.
Photo courtesy Janet Lazier
Katherine Lazier, 19, of La Cañada Flintridge, rides her horse California Blue in the Rose Parade. Lazier is a member of the Blue Shadows Mounted Drill Team, a nonprofit equestrian organization dedicated to teaching boys and girls ages 7-18 horsemanship, leadership, discipline and teamwork through the sport of mounted drill. Not shown in the picture is LCF resident and friend Hanna Alanizi, 19, who also participated in the parade. Both are freshmen at UC Santa Cruz.

Last year, LCF’s association took home the Bob Hope Humor Award for being the most comical and amusing.
Judges reviewed each float during sessions that took place during the decoration stages before the parade, according to a tournament statement. Judges then used their scores from those sessions to determine trophy winners.

LCF Tournament of Roses Association President and City Councilman Michael Davitt said on Wednesday his hope was that the float would be recognized with some kind of an award.
“To actually receive an award and be recognized by the tournament is a testament to all the people and all the volunteers,” Davitt said. “It certainly adds a nice exclamation mark to the day.”
Davitt was equally impressed with the selection of Kadam and Rossi to the Rose Court.
“That’s obviously a great thing when there’s good representation and presence from La Cañada,” Davitt said. “We’re a small community but right next door to Pasadena. We fully like to connect with the new year’s tradition.”

Photo courtesy Furrey family A 1940 Lincoln Mark 1 owned by La Cañada Flintridge resident Jerry Furrey transported some 2018 Rose Bowl Hall of Fame inductees in this week’s Rose Parade.
Photo courtesy Furrey family
A 1940 Lincoln Mark 1 owned by La Cañada Flintridge resident Jerry Furrey transported some 2018 Rose Bowl Hall of Fame inductees in this week’s Rose Parade.
Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK The members of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court smile and wave to the crowd from a float during the Rose Parade.
Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK
The members of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court smile and wave to the crowd from a float during the Rose Parade.
Photo courtesy Furrey family La Cañada Flintridge resident Jerry Furrey (second from left) and his son Brett (far right) had their family car featured as new Rose Bowl Hall of Fame inductees Randall McDaniel (left) and Vince Young rode in the classic 1940 Lincoln Mark I in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. McDaniel, a former NFL and Arizona State offensive lineman, and Young, the quarterback who led Texas to a come-from-behind 41-38 victory over USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl, were joined in the recent Hall of Fame class by two posthumous selections: legendary Stanford coach Pop Warner and Chicago Bears founder George Halas.
Photo courtesy Furrey family
La Cañada Flintridge resident Jerry Furrey (second from left) and his son Brett (far right) had their family car featured as new Rose Bowl Hall of Fame inductees Randall McDaniel (left) and Vince Young rode in the classic 1940 Lincoln Mark I in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. McDaniel, a former NFL and Arizona State offensive lineman, and Young, the quarterback who led Texas to a come-from-behind 41-38 victory over USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl, were joined in the recent Hall of Fame class by two posthumous selections: legendary Stanford coach Pop Warner and Chicago Bears founder George Halas.

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