A family of giant chameleons will explore their colorful world and Pasadena, too, as the 2017 Cal Poly Universities’ Rose Parade float entry “A New Leaf.”
The design was selected from 200 entries and will be the 69th parade entry from the students at Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The Cal Poly Rose Float is the only student-built float in the parade. Over the years, the successful partnership has won 56 awards.
“A New Leaf” embodies the 128th Rose Parade’s theme “Echoes of Success,” by celebrating the impacts of families on individual successes.
“Chameleons are often characterized by their adaptations to changes in the environment,” says Allison Servey, Cal Poly Pomona’s design chair. “The chameleon family exploring their surroundings speaks to the common ‘learn by doing’ experience that we all have as Cal Poly students and as members of the Rose Float family. We also learn from the many generations of students that have done this before us.”
The entire float is designed, constructed and decorated by students from both campuses. This year, the chameleons will move, and their curious eyes will search their surroundings. Large dragonflies and vibrant butterflies will flap their wings. Enormous hibiscus flowers will bloom, and a waterfall will cascade down the float.
“This year’s design is unique,” says Kyle Nelius, Rose Float president. “Chameleons have never been built for the parade …We wanted to challenge ourselves with an ambitious design and really push our boundaries further when it comes to float design.”
Students of all majors and backgrounds do the welding, metal shaping, machining, foam carving, woodworking, painting and flower harvesting in this unique experience. No prior experience is needed to join the group at Cal Poly Pomona.
Construction of the float has already begun on both campuses. In late October, students from San Luis Obispo are expected to drive their half of the float to Pomona where the two halves will be joined.
Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, students and hundreds of volunteers will work feverishly to decorate the entire float with flowers and other natural materials before the entry is seen by millions of viewers around the world as it rolls along the parade route on January 2, 2017.
For more information or to volunteer to work on the float, visit www.rosefloat.org or contact Rose Float President Kyle Nelius at email@example.com or Director Janetta McDowell at (909) 869-3204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.