Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- November 15, 2002

Cal Poly Rose Float Begins Journey South Friday for New Year's Parade

Cal Poly's Rose Float Club will wheel out half of a steel float skeleton Friday afternoon and prepare it for a journey to Pomona, continuing a 55-year tradition.

Cal Poly and Cal Poly Pomona have worked together since 1947 to build a float for the annual New Year's Day Rose Parade in Pasadena. Separated by 225 miles, student teams at both universities build portions of the float on different campuses - and combine them on the Pomona campus just weeks before the parade.

Cal Poly's half of the float will undergo final preparations for the trip to Pomona on Friday (Nov. 15) at 1 p.m. at the Rose Float Shop.

This year's float theme, "A Sundae Afternoon," is a "candy land carnival scene," according to Amie Moberg, assistant events coordinator for Cal Poly's Associated Students Inc. The finished float will feature giant cupcakes, lollipops and cotton candy growing like trees, plus gingerbread children having fun on rides - including a spinning bowl of ice cream, a functioning roller coaster and a Ferris wheel.

Cal Poly Rose Float team members built the 18-foot-diameter working Ferris wheel. To fit below bridges during the truck trip to Pomona, the wheel was made to retract during transport. The students work year-round to produce the float. The Cal Poly float is the only one in the parade that is designed, built, decorated and financed by students.

Cal Poly's Rose Float team will spend all of the weekends between now and New Year's Day traveling to Pomona to work on the float with the Pomona team. The students will move the float to Pasadena about 10 days before the Rose Parade. Cal Poly parents, alumni and faculty members, as well as community members, will join the student teams in Pasadena for the final stage of the float-building process: floral decoration.

More information about the Cal Poly Rose Float is available on the World Wide Web at

(NOTE TO EDITORS: A color sketch of the Cal Poly float is available on the Web site.)

Contact: Teresa Hendrix (805) 756-7266, Amie Moberg (805) 756-1113

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