By BUILDER Magazine Staff
The NAHB celebrated the new year and housing's national importance with a float in the 113th Tournament of Roses Parade, whose theme was "Good Times." The NAHB float, "Springtime in the Neighborhood," depicted "nature's commotion as spring blooms in a garden where young birds are learning to fly, and butterflies and ladybugs roam among the first flowers of the season. A family of feathered friends perched high on a birdhouse, while the young ones tried to fly for the first time with mom and dad cheering them on."
The NAHB president Bruce Smith's daughters, vice president and treasurer Kent Conine's children, the 2002 Women's Council president Marilyn Kneebone, and members Doug Spohn and John Cowart's sons and granddaughter all rode on the float.
"Springtime in the Neighborhood" is a flutter with birds and butterflies in the NAHB's 2002 float entry in the 113th Tournament of Roses Parade, held Jan. 1 in Pasadena Calif.
Award-winning Festival Artists of Azusa, Calif., started construction on May 1, 2001 and finished on December 30 when the delicate flowers were placed on the float. Judging occurred on New Year's Eve, at the Festival Artists decorating complex in Azusa. Southern California Gas Co., a Sempra Energy Co., is a sponsoring partner and provided the natural-gas engine that powered the float down the parade route. This is the third consecutive year that the gas company has served as sponsor and Festival Artists has built the float. Other sponsoring partners included Bob Mitchell of Mitchell & Best Group in Rockville, Md.; Doug Spohn of Spohntown Corp. in Duluth, Ga.; John Cowart of John Cowart Properties in Norcross, Ga.; and the HART Foundation in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
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