Push on to put Eldnor back in Rose Parade

first_imgSAN MARINO – Swedish cowboy Jann Eldnor wants to get back in the saddle again. Since the Tournament of Roses told Eldnor, known as “Jann of Sweden,” and his Western Group in August they’d been bumped from the 2008 Rose Parade, fans have been rallying to his support. Now Eldnor, a San Marino barber whose flamboyant presence has been a staple of the Rose Parade for nearly 20 years, has mailed a slew of letters and a petition with about 200 signatures to Tournament president CLKeedy in hopes officials will change their minds. “I knew I had many fans through the years all over the country, but I was not thinking I had so many in all different places,” said Eldnor, 63, whose trademark facial hair, silver saddle and extravagant all-white cowboy outfit makes him hard to miss along the parade route and on television. At least one supporter, Norman Marshall, is a 44-year Tournament of Roses Association member. He wrote that the Tournament “sadly missed the mark on the way this was handled.” Dr. Warren R. Procci, a Pasadena psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, wrote a letter urging the Tournament to reinstate Eldnor, calling him “vibrant and charismatic.” He pointed out the diverse nature of the riding group, which has included minorities, women, and even the terminally ill. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Since the Tournament hasn’t yet received the 20-odd letters and the petition, no one could comment on them, said spokeswoman Caryn Eaves, who did acknowledge receiving several letters in Eldnor’s support. Brad Ratliff, chairman of the equestrian committee, said he “had no idea” a petition was coming his way, but added that the committee has “moved on from the selection process.” Eldnor and his team were removed from the line-up as part of a gradual cutback of equestrian units, leaving just 18 in the 2008 parade, down from the high 20s in past years. Keedy said at the time the move was necessary to trim the parade’s running time to two hours for television. Only the Valley Hunt Club, whose members founded the parade, and the Marine Color Guard are guaranteed a place, he said. Letters protesting Eldnor’s exclusion, several published in the Star-News, have come from as far away as Wyoming. But most are from longtime locals and Jann fans who say the parade won’t be the same without him come Jan. 1. last_img read more