Cal Poly Universities Unveil "Elefun Time,"


Cal Poly Universities Unveil "Elefun Time,"
Cal Poly Universities' design for their 57th entry into the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade is called ?Elefun Time.?

The year may only be halfway through, but Cal Poly Universities in Pomona and San Luis Obispo already have their eyes on New Year's Day.

The two universities' Rose Float Associations have finalized the design for their 57th entry into the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, “Elefun Time.” The float entry depicts a family of elephants enjoying a country joy ride to the song “The Baby Elephant Walk.” The eldest son leads the pack on a scooter while his younger brother tags along on a tricycle. Their mother and father ride tandem, pulling their young daughter in a wagon. Nearby, several mice children are also at play with their mother watching carefully from their tree stump home.

The float entry was designed to match the Pasadena Tournament of Roses 2005 theme, “Celebrate Family.”  In considering the parade theme, the students wanted to create a float that would also celebrate their love of laughter.

About two dozen students from Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo work on the Rose Float year round. The two campuses, located approximately 225 miles apart, manage to coordinate the effort to complete the float for each parade. Throughout the 12-month period, both student committees work closely together on the design and construction of their respective portion to ensure the float is built to specification.

Students from the two universities have designed, constructed, decorated and financed entries to the Tournament of Roses Parade every year since 1949. Involvement in this project highlights the Cal Poly Universities' learn-by-doing philosophy as students develop these decorative floats from design conception to welding together steel and pasting petals to driving the contraption down Colorado Boulevard.