|Last year's volunteers join in the distinctly Southern California tradition of decorating the Rose Floats between Christmas and New Year.|
About two dozen students from Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo work on the Rose Float year round. However, to complete the float, campus community volunteers are encouraged to join in the distinctly Southern California tradition of decorating the Rose Floats between Christmas and New Year.
Float decorations will take place at Brookside Pavilion in Pasadena, west of the Rose Bowl Stadium. Every inch of the float must be covered with natural materials, such as flowers, leaves, seeds or bark. In all, students working on the float estimate that more than 17,000 roses, 550 bunches of mums and 300 bunches of carnations will be used to decorate the Cal Poly Universities 2005 float “Elefun Time,” which depicts a family of elephants enjoying a country joy ride to the song “The Baby Elephant Walk.”
Spanish moss will be used on the elephants to create a natural gray skin color. The elephants clothes will be decorated with a combination of either dry material or fresh flowers. Roses will be used to accent the borders of the bike path. They will also accompany mosses and other fresh flowers in arrangements along the bike path and in the little girl's wagon and the picnic basket on the front of the tandem bike. Rose petals will be used to create the soft pink of the elephants inner ear.
For more information, contact Janetta McDowell, senior coordinator of the Rose Float, at (909) 869-3642. After Dec. 23, contact Rose Float organizers in their Pasadena tent at (626) 356-4641 and (626) 356-9205.