South Pasadena's 2017 Rose Parade float shows their relentless spirit

SOUTH PASADENA >> The South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Float Committee had no idea how appropriate their float design and theme would be when they chose it at the beginning of the year.

The aptly named float “Never Give Up” was a motto the group often had to use after a serious of challenges during the process of building the float.

The oldest self-built float association had three instances of burglaries throughout the year that hampered the entire process.

“It’s frustrating,” said head decorator and SPTOR President Janet Benjamin. “It drains your budget; it drains you emotionally.”

The association’s small shack on the float-building site at the South Pasadena War Memorial property was broken into and thieves made off with hundreds of dollars in parade souvenir pins, sweatshirts, mugs and more.

“Up until this point, we’ve had maybe scissors missing, small stuff,” said Benjamin. “This year has been brutal.”

Two more instances followed in recent months including 20-foot steel rods being swiped from the barn not long after they were delivered.

“The South Pasadena Police have been great, doing patrols in the area,” Benjamin said. “We’ve been leaving the lights on overnight.”

After the thefts, the association sent out an alert to supporters for more donations. They have received thousands of dollars to replace the money lost with the thefts, including $1,000 from each South Pasadena City Council member, who used their discretionary funds to…

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