Today was the first “concept meeting”. This is Step One in deciding what our float is going to be this year (for the 2019 New Year’s Day Rose Parade). We received 147 concept ideas!! I think that’s the most ever!!!
The theme of the 2019 parade is:
Well, that’s broad. The theme is chosen by the President of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses (which is the “governing body” for the entire parade”). Sometimes the President puts out a theme statement but I haven’t seen that so far this year.
O.k., back to the concept meeting. First, we do a simple read-through. Every single one of the 147 entries are read exactly as they were submitted. Then, we start back at the beginning of the list. In Round One, three votes keep a concept. If it doesn’t get at least three votes, its gone. There were approximately 20 people in the meeting so it doesn’t take much to get three votes. This was perhaps the most brutal first round I’ve ever seen! At the end of it, 147 concepts had been whittled down to 36!!!
Round Two involves a more thorough discussion of the remaining concepts. Can we build it? What decoration and animation possibilities do we see? People are given the opportunity to advocate for a concept. Believe me, there are no holds barred. This time around, it takes a minimum of five votes to keep a concept alive. Another 20 concepts were “killed”. (That’s literally the language we use.)
Round Three is where it gets serious. At this point, people have really identified their favorite concepts. And believe me, people can become really attached to a particular concept. More discussion ensues, more advocacy, more arguments for and against. After a thorough discussion, everyone votes for their top three (in no particular order) by secret ballot.
That got us down to five concepts, with one being a clear favorite. Each of those was talked through yet again. Two more rounds of voting got us down to three concepts. Whew. 147 to 3 concepts in three hours. Not too bad!
Over the next couple of weeks, our artist will sketch out all three concepts and then we’ll meet again. Stay tuned!