Tournament of Roses announces 2019 float judges

The Tournament of Roses has selected Preston Bailey, Michael E. Berry, and Kimberly Oldis to be float judges for the 130th Rose Parade. The judges will grant awards based on many criteria, including creative design, floral craftsmanship, artistic merit, computerized animation, thematic interpretation, floral and color presentation, and dramatic impact.

The 2019 Tournament of Roses President Gerald Freeny will announce the award-winning floats the morning of Jan. 1 on the front steps of Tournament House, located at 319 S. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena.

Bailey was named one of the best wedding planners in the world by Vogue Magazine and has been globally celebrated for his unique ability to transform ordinary spaces into lush, theatrical environments. As a premier event designer, he has established a client roster that includes celebrities, royal families, CEO’s and athletes, and his art installations are featured across the world with showcases in New York, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Taiwan, Macao and London.

Berry is the longest serving President/CEO in the history of the Kentucky Derby Festival, one of the nation’s largest civic celebrations. He began his career at the festival in 1986, following service as an assistant to Kentucky’s governor. Berry oversees the planning and production of the award-winning celebration with nearly seventy events on the festival’s official schedule. 

Oldis has been involved in the floral industry for over 44 years, including 21 years as a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD). Oldis serves as the past president for the AIFD national board and  previously held many elected offices in the North Central and North West Regional Chapters of AIFD. Oldis was also involved with the Rose Parade from 2005-2010 as a Rose Parade float designer with Charisma Floats, and most recently volunteered as a designer with Cal Poly.


Taste of South Lake Avenue celebrates its 10th anniversary Sept. 29

More than 20 restaurants will take part in the 10-year anniversary celebration for Taste of South Lake from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Shops on Lake, 345 S. Lake Ave. Thousands are expected to attend the free event, which also includes live cooking demonstrations, performances by several popular local bands and a beer, wine and cocktail garden.

Participating restaurants and businesses include Barrister Executive Suites, Breakthru Fitness, Contessa Collections, Corner Bakery Café, Du-Par’s Restaurant & Bakery, Facile Dermatology & Boutique, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery, Jersey Mike’s, LA Fitness, Logix Federal Credit Union, Macy’s, Mendocino Farms, Mercado Pasadena, Nekter Juice Bar, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Salad Farm, Sanrio Pasadena, San Sai Japanese Grill, SunLife Organics, Ten Thousand Villages, The Counter Custom Built Burgers, The Vitamin Shoppe, Urbane Cafe, Which Wich Superior Sandwiches, Wooree Alternative Medical Group, Yogurtland and others. 

Festivalgoers are invited to enjoy live music performances from local emerging bands and internationally known artists throughout the day. The stage begins with indie rock musical four-piece Arms Akimbo, followed by roots and Americana musical collective The Sound of Ghosts and acclaimed punk indie rock band The Regrettes.  Indie pop songstress VERITE brings her rich and ethereal vocals to the stage while acclaimed roots rock ‘n’ roll sister duo Larkin Poe headlines the festival at 4 p.m. DJ William Reed will spin throughout the day between sets. 

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