Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- December 23, 2003
Cal Polys' Rose Float Entry To Be Ninth in Tournament of Roses
Parade Lineup Jan. 1
The two Cal Polys' entry in the 2004 Tournament of Roses Parade has an
enviable ninth-place position in the Jan. 1 lineup of floats, assuring millions
of viewers worldwide will see the work done by students from the San Luis Obispo
and Pomona campuses.
The universities' float, titled "Bob's Barnacle Band," fits right into the 115th
Rose parade theme "Music, Music, Music." This will mark the schools' 56th
consecutive entry -- unique because it is the only Rose Float built entirely by
students. The students have won awards 44 times.
The approximately two-hour parade begins at 8 a.m. along Pasadena's Colorado
Boulevard. The Rose Parade will be broadcast locally on ABC, NBC and CBS, and
internationally to 28 countries. The parade will feature marching bands from
throughout the nation, floral floats and high-stepping equestrian units.
This year Cal Poly's float depicts a sea-creature band playing on a sunken
pirate ship led by a skeleton conductor.
"The pirate ship -- once a mighty vessel -- is now broken in two, providing the
perfect stage for a band of eccentric creatures and their instruments," said
Rachelle Kam, Rose Float committee chair at the San Luis Obispo campus. "As the
starfish singer makes its entrance from a large clamshell, the band's audience
of fish and crustaceans frolic and dance among treasure chests, barrels, coral
"Bob's Barnacle Band" stands 30-feet high, 18-feet wide and 55-feet long and is
hydraulically powered. The students expect to use an estimated 17,000 roses, 550
bunches of mums and 300 bunches of carnations, in addition to other floral
decorations such as lilies, liatris, Gerber daisies, gladiolas, iris, solidago,
asters, freesia, sweat peas and baby's breath.
More than 1,000 volunteer decorators come together every year between Christmas
and New Year's to decorate the Cal Poly float. The volunteers include Cal Poly
students, faculty and staff members of the universities, family, alumni and
The two Cal Poly university campuses, located approximately 225 miles apart,
coordinate a year-round effort to complete the float for each year's parade.
Throughout the 12-month period, committees from each campus work on the design
and construction of their respective portion to ensure the float is built to
Usually during the Thanksgiving break, the San Luis Obispo portion of the float
is transported to the Pomona campus, where the two frames are united.
Approximately the third week of December, the float is transported more than
30 miles from the Pomona campus to its assigned decorating site in Pasadena.
For more information about the Cal Poly Rose Float program, go to
or call Amie Hammond, Associated Students Inc. program coordinator at Cal Poly,
San Luis Obispo, at 756-1113.