The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. brought home the bacon this week, as its float featuring pigs aboard an old-fashioned airplane won the Tournament of Roses’ Bob Hope Humor Award.
“If Pigs Could Fly” depicted wide-eyed pigs wearing aviator goggles in an open-seat prop plane with a fuselage made of a wine barrel turned on its side. The wine barrel was made in part with redwood bark.
The float also required 13,000 roses, far more than local float volunteers are used to deploying. The pigs’ faces were made of pink carnations, which require special treatment.
“Carnations are hard to use,” said association President Ann Neilson. “You have to poke a hole in the skin of the float, and with the wide calyx they have to go into the hole. I thought that went well, and the pigs looked great.”
The parade took place on Jan. 2 this year as the Tournament of Roses honored its “Never on Sunday” tradition, and Nielson said that worked to the advantage of float design volunteers.