Cal Poly Pomona will commemorate its Rose Parade legacy and 2016 float entry at Rose Day on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in University Park.
The campus community is invited to help mark the university’s 68 years in the Tournament of Roses Parade, play carnival games, take a photo with an oversized gummy bear, and learn about float construction, design and decoration. There will be cotton candy and other sweets as well as a Rose Float merchandise table. Information on how to become a Rose Float volunteer also will be available.
The 2016 Cal Poly Universities’ Rose Float, “Sweet Shenanigans,” features a gummy bear throwing snowball-like projectiles, towering gummy bears teetering on a s’mores sled, and oversized gummy bears ice skating, swinging and ice-fishing. Waffle-cone mountains, a lollipop forest, giant berries and scoops of ice cream complete the scenery.
Students will be working on the float around the clock from Dec. 12 to Dec. 20 at the Rose Float Lab. New volunteers are welcome to work on the float. The biggest need for volunteers will be during Decorations Week from Dec. 26 to Dec. 30, when flowers and other natural materials will be added to the float at the pavilion in Pasadena.
This will be the 68th entry for the Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campuses, which have earned 55 awards. Their 2015 float, “Soaring Stories,” won the 2015 Lathrop K. Leishman Award for Most Beautiful Non-Commercial Float.
The Tournament of Roses parade is broadcast around the world, and tens of thousands come to the parade route to watch the parade live
For more information, visit http://www.rosefloat.org. To register for Decorations Week, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/o/cal-poly-rose-float-7536540057.