December might be the busiest month for Rose Float preparation, but you’d be mistaken if you thought the pace slowed in the new year. Plans are being made for next year’s parade, and now is the time to leave your mark.
Cal Poly Pomona is seeking concept ideas for next year’s float, which will again be built in conjunction with a team of students from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Richard L. Chinen, the Tournament of Roses president for 2014-15, has announced that the theme for the 126th parade will be “Inspiring Stories.”
“The 2015 theme allows us to reflect on and appreciate the many people around us who elevate the human spirit by who they are, what they have done and what they continue to do,” Chinen says. “‘Inspiring Stories’ pays tribute to those who have loved unconditionally, persevered courageously, endured patiently and accomplished much on behalf of others.”
To submit a concept entry that fits the theme, provide a two- to three-line description of your idea along with a rendering — black and white or color — no larger than 11-by-17 inches. Be sure to attach your name, phone number and email address and drop it off at the Office of Student Life & Cultural Centers in Building 26 (the old stables). The deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7.
If your entry is selected, you will receive $500 cash or two Rose Bowl tickets. Call (626) 715-0499 or email Erin Hines at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
“Not everyone has the time to actually help build the Rose Float, but everyone can submit an idea and a concept,” says Rebecca Gutierrez Keeton, the dean of students. “How amazing would it be to watch the Cal Poly float go by and say, ‘I came up with that idea.'”