Stephanie Edwards, the legendary co-host of the annual Tournament of Roses broadcast on KTLA, perhaps summed up the sentiments of many as the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s tribute to Elizabeth Taylor passed by. “I wish she was here to see this,” Edwards said.
Yes, Elizabeth Taylor and all those with HIV/AIDS for whom she advocated and their care providers, such as Taylor’s friend and Rock Hudson’s doctor Michael Gottlieb. Imagine those streets of Pasadena lined with those lost to AIDS who returned for a moment – like the last scene in “Longtime Companions” – giving a standing ovation of love and gratitude.
The float was well-received as winner of The Queen’s Trophy for “Most Effective Use & Display of Roses in Concept, Design & Presentation.” Can anyone say “irony?”
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Here’s time-lapse of the float being put together: