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City Of Glendale Designs Float Featuring ‘Meatball’ The Bear For 2014 Rose Parade

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GLENDALE (CBSLA.com) — The City of Glendale’s 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade float could be going to the bears . . . “Meatball” the bear to be specific.

“Meatball”, a 400-pound black bear with a fondness for frozen Costco meatballs, was caught in 2012 after raiding a Glendale refrigerator.

The bear now resides in a wildlife sanctuary in San Diego County.

The city council will review design plans Tuesday night for a float called “Let’s Be Neighbors”, featuring an animatronic bear moving in and out of a trash can.

If approved, the float will represent the city in the 2014 parade under the theme of “Dreams Come True”.

Glendale is also welcoming donations from the public for a chance to win tickets to ride on the float. Donations also contribute to the 100-year long effort to “engage the community and encourage private donations for Glendale’s Rose Float,” according to a statement from the city.

“Any donation of $25 or more from a Glendale resident 12 years or older will be entered into a raffle drawing for a chance to win two tickets to ride on Glendale’s 2014 Rose Float in the 125th Rose Parade on New Year’s Day,” city officials said.

Glendale is also seeking corporate sponsors for the 2014 float.

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