So Pas TOR Float Design for 2020 Due Feb. 1

2018 volunteers from left, Janet Benjamin, Chris Colburn, Paul Abbey, Mike Mera (2018 float designer), and Courtney Dunlap. Photo by Sally Kilby

“Is it possible to make another perfect float like this year’s?” commenter Marilyn Bender asked members of the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses (SPTOR) Committee Jan. 9 on its Facebook page.

South Pasadena’s float, with a “Three Little Birds” theme, received the Mayor Award from the 2019 Pasadena Tournament of Roses (TOR) for most outstanding float from a participating city in the Jan. 1 parade.

SPTOR is seeking another winner for 2020. Feb. 1 is the submission deadline.

“Here’s your chance to submit your idea,” said SPTOR floral designer Chris Duenas-Metcalf in announcing the contest on Facebook last week. “If you can’t draw, no worries, we have the artist.”

“Just a narrative of your concept will do,” he said. “We’ve got the rest.”

SPTOR received a hint about the 2020  theme a few months ago from the TOR, said Courtney Dunlap, SPTOR president, by email. The hint is not publicly released, she said.

“The hint is a teaser about the official theme before its announcement later in the month by the next president,” Decoration Chair Janet Benjamin said in an interview Jan. 6.  

“The 2020 theme celebrates the influence of optimism and hope,” according to the SPTOR announcement on Facebook.

“It is about the belief that what is wanted can be attained. Through hope and optimism, we can aspire to be our best and, in turn, inspire those around us to reach higher. With hope, anything, in fact, everything is possible.”

The TOR hint offers more specific clues to the theme. The complete version, entry form and submission rules and tips are available by contacting SPTOR Design Chair Paul Abbey at The form must accompany the design proposal.

Submissions must be emailed by Feb. 1 to Design Chair Abbey.

Mailed entries should be addressed to SPTOR, P.O. Box 3662, South Pasadena, CA 91031. They must be postmarked Jan. 29 or before.

Submissions can also be dropped off by the deadline at the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, 1121 Mission St., or Reimagine Your Home, 1518 Mission Street. If the Chamber office is not open, the proposal can be put through the mail slot.